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Do I Have A Valid Medical Malpractice Claim?
Many people who have suffered in a medical setting are unsure of whether they have a valid claim. At John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., in Pittsburgh, we have the knowledge and experience to help you understand the true strength of your claim against a medical professional or hospital.
The key elements in a medical malpractice claim are:
- Negligence: In order to have a valid malpractice claim, there must be clear evidence of significant negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional or institution. Medical mistakes happen, but not all are deemed the result of negligence. Your treatment must fall below an accepted standard of care in order to meet the legal definition of malpractice.
- Cause: No matter how severe the negligence, there is no case unless the patient has clearly suffered damage as a result of the malpractice. A medical mistake alone is not enough. The negligence of a medical provider must have been the cause of the injury or death, that is, causal negligence.
- Damages: The damages must be substantial to warrant making a claim. The damages depend upon the extent of the injury, which must be serious or catastrophic, or a death.
These elements must be present. However, if you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result of medical negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses.
Our law firm can help you seek maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered. If we take your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the root causes of your injury and to identify all liable parties.
Get Specific Information About Your Medical Negligence Claim
This website provides general information on medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania. To learn more about how the law applies in your situation, call us for your free case evaluation. You can reach us online or by telephone at 412-246-9235.