Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Imagine, for a moment, that you've just woken up from routine surgery to devastating news. The doctor that you trusted stands at your bedside and tells you that something's gone wrong. You've been left with irreparable injuries that come to light days after the surgery.
Or imagine that your loved one entered the hospital for a diagnosis of a persistent illness. You felt nervous but comforted knowing they'd be in good hands. But that confidence is shattered when it turns out they've been misdiagnosed.
Lives hang in the balance at hospitals, and people put their trust into the medical system. But what if you're harmed by a doctor's negligence? What then? You expect medical staff to take care of your needs following an accident, injury or illness when you're at your most vulnerable. What you don't expect is doctor negligence that leads to a medical malpractice case.
And when that happens, Edgar Snyder & Associates is here to help you determine if you have a case — and we're only a phone call away at 412-394-1000.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Being able to define medical malpractice in the first place is very important. It boils down to this: medical malpractice comprises errors made by doctors or other healthcare providers and can cause severe, life-changing injuries and conditions that require costly medical care. Your livelihood and quality of life could be changed forever.
Approximately 200,000 people in the United States die each year due to mistakes made by medical professionals and prescription errors. That's a scary thought, since those injuries could have easily been prevented. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it's also been reported:
- 12,000 deaths a year result from unnecessary surgeries
- 7,000 deaths result from medication errors in hospitals
- 20,000 deaths are caused by other hospital errors
This particular study followed an earlier report that stated medical errors should be considered a national epidemic.
With statistics like those, a medical negligence claim requires an experienced team on your side. Don't trust just any hospital lawyer to get the job done — get Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys that you can count on. If you're wondering if you have a case, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates. We understand the pain and confusion that surrounds a medical malpractice case. You might be angry or grieving for a future that you or a loved one no longer get to have.
We can help you find out if you are eligible to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering inflicted by the negligence of a trusted doctor or hospital. Medical malpractice claims are urgent matters, so don't hesitate to call us today for a free consultation at 412-394-1000.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Many people wonder what constitutes medical malpractice. These are a few common examples of medical malpractice that you might experience:
Pregnancy and birth come with risks, many that can be out of your control. Certain medical problems can occur at the hands of medical personnel though, such as abnormalities with the placenta, preeclampsia, premature babies, excessively long labor among other issues. These problems fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice and could be used to strengthen your case.
A misdiagnosis can be the difference between life and death. If a doctor has treated the wrong issue due to missing certain symptoms or misunderstanding the patient's condition, the consequences can be devastating. If your doctor has misdiagnosed you, you might have a medical malpractice case.
Surgeons and anesthesiologists are human beings, just like you. But when you're fully under their care and a mistake is made during surgery, then medical negligence has occurred. A foreign body (like a sponge or gauze) could be left inside a patient, a nerve could be damaged, or a patient could even have too much anesthesia. Whatever the issue, the effects can be life-threatening.
Treatment, Medication and Monitoring Errors
Mistakes are made every day, but mistakes made in the medical field are cause for legal action. If a patient is given the wrong amount of medication, or they weren't monitored carefully enough by medical staff, life could change forever.
Medical malpractice can be a severe blow to your state of mind, your finances, and your well-being. People make mistakes, as everyone knows, but doctors and hospitals must be held accountable if it turns out they've caused you harm. Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself or a loved one if you suspect medical malpractice has occurred.
How Many Years Do You Have to Sue For Medical Malpractice?
In medical malpractice suits, the Pennsylvania statute of limitations can be complicated. Typically, you have two years from the date the malpractice occurred to file a notice, which warns the doctor or hospital that you intend to sue.
If there isn't a reasonable way to know medical malpractice has been committed within those first two years, you're still able to file a notice. You have six months from the time you are first made aware that you even had a claim.
NOTE: This can only happen if it hasn't been more than six years from the date of the actual medical malpractice.
There are also specific rules and regulations set for the following:
- Those who have suffered damage to their reproductive systems
When you reach out to Edgar Snyder & Associates, we'll take the time to help you figure out if you have a case. Medical malpractice claims are complex. We'll help take the guesswork out of what your next steps should be.
How Long Does a Malpractice Settlement Take?
Calling Edgar Snyder & Associates at 412-394-1000 to get the ball rolling on your case can get you one step closer to the future you deserve. Medical malpractice cases vary in length due to a few different factors. The time it takes will depend on if your case settles or if it goes to trial. These cases are complicated and it takes time to thoroughly investigate every angle.
The fight against doctors and hospitals or other medical personnel can be an uphill battle. If a case is going to trial, it could take two to four years (or longer) to complete from start to finish. It all depends on mitigating factors and there is no simple answer to how long it will fully take.
What is The Average Settlement for Medical Malpractice?
During the medical malpractice settlement process, it's understandable that you want to know how much money you might expect. Unfortunately, there's no formula we—or any other law firm—can use to accurately predict the amount of the average medical malpractice settlement. Every case is unique, and the value of each malpractice claim must be considered on a case-to-case basis. In fact, it would be wrong to give you even a rough ballpark figure (and we caution you not to put your trust in anyone who does), because medical malpractice cases are all unique.
The amount of money you could potentially receive by filing a medical lawsuit is dependent on many factors, including:
- The details of the medical negligence involved in your incident
- The extent of your injuries
- Your insurance coverage, as well as the policy of the person or hospital liable for your injury
- Much more
How Much Can You Get For a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
No amount of money could ever reverse the mistakes your doctor made when you were in their care. No dollar sign attached to a string of numbers could ever bring back a loved one who died after negligence at a hospital. But compensation can help ease your burden and set up the rest of your life so you can move forward to a brighter future.
We can't answer the exact question, "What compensation will I get?" or guarantee you specific medical malpractice settlement amounts. What we can do is help determine if your case is viable and get you on the right track. The types of medical malpractice cases won can vary. Contact us to get started at 412-394-1000.
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?
In most medical malpractice lawsuit cases, there are four main points you need to prove before showing that medical malpractice has occurred.
This might seem obvious, but you must be able to prove that the doctor you are suing was actually your doctor. You must have had a physician-patient relationship with them directly. Sometimes questions can pop up about consulting physicians… but it must be your main doctor who actually treated you.
If a doctor caused you harm in a way that any other competent doctor, under the same circumstances, would not have—then that's negligence. Doctors aren't required to provide the absolute best care possible, but they are required to be reasonably skillful and careful. That's the sticking point for a medical malpractice case. Nearly all states require that patients present medical experts to help discuss what would be considered the "appropriate standard of medical care" to help show how the doctor in question swayed from that standard.
Negligence Caused the Injury:
Patients must show that it is "more likely than not" that a doctor's incompetence directly caused their injury. This can get difficult to prove if a patient was already injured or sick before the doctor became involved, making them worse. This is another point where a patient should have a medical expert able to testify that the doctor's negligence did clearly cause the injury.
The Injury Caused Specific Damages:
There has to be harm for there to be a malpractice suit filed against a doctor or hospital. You can sue for certain damages, if they did occur:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Additional medical bills, and
- Lost work and lost earning capacity
Don't Hesitate — Contact Edgar Snyder & Associates Today
If you, or someone you love, has been injured or sickened because of a medical error, it's important to understand that time is critical. There are strict deadlines to file legal claims. Call the Pittsburgh office of Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose—because with our firm, there's never a fee unless we get money for you. Being a victim of medical malpractice can be filled with despair and confusion. Let us help you move forward. Get a free consultation today by calling 412-394-1000.
Not In Pittsburgh?
We have offices throughout western Pennsylvania in order to better care for you, no matter where you live. With convenient locations in Altoona, Ebensburg, Erie or Johnstown, experienced legal help is closer than you think.
If traveling is difficult for you, then let Edgar Snyder & Associates come to you. We'll visit you wherever you are, be it at the hospital or at your home. We're here to help you move on from the medical negligence you suffered.