Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease and cancer. Hundreds of thousands of people in our country are injured or killed due to the negligence of healthcare providers every year, yet medical malpractice lawsuits are some of the most complex to win. This is why you need an experienced and proven Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer on your side from the moment you are harmed.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
There are countless instances of medical malpractice. I’ve been involved in cases where a newborn baby is tragically injured by the actions of a doctor, during what should have been a routine birth. I’ve seen surgeons sever part of the spinal column during surgery, causing paralysis to the patient. We’ve been involved in many cases where doctors simply failed to diagnose the potential cancer or other serious condition. And I’ve seen many cases where ordering a simple test would have avoided a tragedy.
Our Pittsburgh malpractice attorneys at Hal Waldman & Associates handle all types of cases including those involving:
- Hospital and emergency room error
- Surgical error
- Birth injury
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Medication error
- Anesthesia error
No matter what type of negligence resulted in your harm, our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you get every penny you are due and answer all of your medical malpractice questions.
Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider violates their duty of care and it leads to your injury or a poor health outcome. There are several forms of medical malpractice, from surgical and anesthesia errors to misdiagnosis and prescription errors. Anyone in the continuum of care, from doctors and hospitals to nurses and pharmacists, can be guilty of medical malpractice.
If you’ve suffered harm under someone’s medical care, you may be wondering if you have a case for malpractice. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about medical malpractice in all its forms:
I’m unhappy with the side effects or results of a surgery. Can I sue the surgeon?
The answer to this question depends largely on the specifics of your situation. Surgeons cannot guarantee results or desired outcomes of specific surgeries. If you’re unhappy with how a surgery came out, you’re not necessarily entitled to compensation. The main distinction is whether your unhappiness or troubling side effects arose from provider negligence.
To succeed in a medical malpractice claim, you must show that an injury or illness arose directly from a provider’s deviation from a standard of care. Being unhappy with a common side effect of a surgery is not grounds for a medical malpractice suit. Sustaining a post-operative infection from surgical materials left inside the body cavity is.
What is informed consent, and how does it affect my ability to sue?
Informed consent essentially means your provider highlighted the risks and benefits associated with a given procedure, and you agreed to go ahead with it. For example, before a surgical procedure, your doctor will tell you about the possible risks and side effects of a surgery. After he or she provides you with this information, they’ll hand you paperwork that describes each of these in detail. By signing, you agree to accept the risks and side effects of a given procedure, and give your provider the authority to perform the procedure within the standard of care.
It’s important to note, however, that signing an informed consent packet does not bar your ability to recover damages. Informed consent does not release a provider from negligence. If you can establish that your harm was directly related to a deviation in the standard of care, you may be able to gain compensation for your injuries.
What should I do if I think I have a malpractice claim?
If you think your provider committed negligence, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Each case has a statute of limitations, and after that time has passed, you’ll lose your right to compensation. An attorney can help you determine if negligence occurred using your medical records and witness testimony. They also work on a contingency-fee basis, so you’ll only owe a fee if they win a settlement or jury verdict. This makes the process risk free for victims of negligence, so schedule a free initial consultation if you suspect anything may be amiss.
Why Choose Our Malpractice Attorneys
In the state of Pennsylvania, medical malpractice cases require a certificate of merit to be considered by the courts. A certificate of merit is a document from an established medical professional stating that the treatment you received was substandard or unacceptable. At Hal Waldman & Associates we work with trusted medical professionals to thoroughly review records for all signs of malpractice and take every step necessary to ensure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
With over 50 years of combined experience, the medical malpractice lawyers at our firm know how to build successful cases and secure the largest settlements allowed by law. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you free of both charge and obligation to discuss your case, your rights, and the most effective course of action. And remember, if we do not win your case, you pay nothing for our services.