What is Medical Malpractice?
The definition of medical malpractice is an error by a healthcare provider — could be a nurse, doctor, hospital, therapist, whomever. Under our laws in Pennsylvania medical malpractice is measured by whether or not a physician comports themselves with something called the ‘standard of care.’ The standard of care for the rest of us is whether a healthcare provider has done their job. If they fail to do their job for you and you are hurt then you’ve likely been the victim of medical malpractice.
Pribanic & Pribanic’s experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Pittsburgh are available to help answer your questions about medical injuries.
How often does medical malpractice occur?
Physician negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 13,000 doctors nationwide have been disciplined for serious incompetence or misconduct. This includes medical errors involving drug abuse, negligence, substandard patient care, Medicaid fraud and patient sexual abuse. According to a study by Washington Health Group, physicians often continue to treat patients and retain their licenses even after committing malpractice.
“Most doctors are good doctors…”
State confidentiality laws make it nearly impossible to find out the background information on a doctor, even if that doctor has been disciplined for incompetence or negligence. Recent studies confirm that a small percentage of doctors are responsible for the vast majority of injuries caused by substandard care. This reaffirms our general perception that most doctors are good doctors, and worthy of our trust.
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Our Award-Winning Physician Negligence Lawyers
Pribanic & Pribanic was founded by award-winning medical malpractice attorney Victor Pribanic. Our legal team handles serious medical malpractice claims for clients in the Pittsburgh area, throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide. This includes case involving but not limited to:
‘Lawyer of the Year’ Victor Pribanic discusses Medical Malpractice
Let’s say I have a medical injury case – how much will it cost me?
Victor: “It won’t cost you anything. These physician negligence cases are very expensive to pursue, which limits the kind of cases we can accept, but we advance the $20–$100,000 required for the case on a contingency basis, which means if we win, the client pays us back, but that’s if – and only if – it’s a successful case for our client.”
MT: What information do you need for the free, initial consultation?
Victor: “We’ll need general background information, the event or events that the patient or family thinks were result of negligence or mistakes. We need to know the type of injury and timeline for treatment. Sometimes patients have only vague recollections, but we can gather a lot from medical records. We’ll then have experts and in-house staff with medical training review the records and see if the doctor or hospital was guilty of negligence that harmed the patient.”
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury and need to speak with a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Pittsburgh?
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