Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers With Comprehensive Experience
At John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., we have a proven record of success handling medical malpractice claims for people throughout Pittsburgh and across the state of Pennsylvania. For almost 40 years, attorney John A. Caputo has been deeply involved and extremely successful in assisting patients and their families in cases of medical malpractice.
Helping With Nearly All Medical Malpractice Claims
Our firm handles a broad range of medical malpractice issues, including those involving:
- Birth injuries: The overriding issue in birth injury claims is whether the injury could and should have been prevented by professional caregivers, including the obstetrician, nurses, pediatricians or neonatologists.
- Misdiagnosis: We help people who have suffered unnecessarily due to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and other medical conditions.
- Emergency room errors: Errors in the emergency room can have devastating consequences. We stand up for victims of emergency room errors in Pittsburgh hospitals and throughout Pennsylvania.
- Pap specimens: A misread Pap specimen can lead to devastating consequences such as the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer.
- Brain injuries: There are times when medical professionals or hospital caregivers do not follow the well-known, accepted practices that would detect conditions that threaten the brain. Failure to investigate or even a slight delay in investigating symptoms can lead to irreversible brain injury that incapacitates the patient.
- Strokes: Some strokes are preventable if only doctors would identify and act upon warning signs. Sadly, this is not always the case.
- Surgical errors: Our law firm handles all types of surgical error claims, including those involving unnecessary surgery, wrong site surgery and objects left behind in the patient.
- Infections acquired in hospitals: Hospital staff members are responsible for timely detecting and testing infections.
- Anesthesia errors: Errors by anesthesiologists can result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even wrongful death.
- Nursing home negligence: We stand up for injured, abused and neglected elders in Pittsburgh and throughout surrounding areas.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers’ Process
Before starting your medical malpractice claim, knowing what to expect from the process is important. As your injury lawyers, we are here to guide you through the entire process:
The First Steps
Before contacting us, you may have already been in touch with the involved medical professional to understand what had happened to you and also contacted the related medical licensing board to seek discipline against the liable party. From the date of the accident, you have two years to file a claim, which is where we begin helping you.
One of the first steps we take is to secure a ‘certificate of merit’ from a medical professional to confirm that the medical negligence injuries you sustained are outside the acceptable range of injuries that could result from your health care.
Pursuing A Resolution
Once we have proven the grounds for your claim, we will approach the healthcare provider to negotiate a fair and swift settlement. Even though the defendant’s medical malpractice insurance will often cover your compensation costs, they will still fight to minimize the amount of money you receive. We are ready to represent you through litigation if negotiations cannot provide you with the money you deserve.
We bring in a team of experts – including the best doctors in the relevant practice area – to review your case, identify what was done wrong or could have been prevented, and testify at trial if necessary. We do everything in our power to bolster your case, from establishing the facts of your injuries and examining every aspect of your claim. Our objectives in suing medical practitioners and facilities are to hold them accountable for their mistakes and negligence and to get you compensation for the resulting injuries.
We are committed to making you as whole as possible after your injuries and holding the liable parties accountable for their actions. We use the full extent of our legal abilities to guide our clients to the outcome they deserve in their cases with as little time and difficulty as possible.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Take On The Most Challenging Aspects Of These Cases
Medical malpractice lawsuits are filled with intricate aspects that victims should not have to deal with on their own. At John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., we have the experience to provide clients with sophisticated legal guidance as they work through these details and challenges.
One challenge victims face is determining what type of medical malpractice case they have. More than one form of medical malpractice exists, including:
• Lack of informed consent: Doctors who proceed with procedures or treatments without receiving the written consent of their patients may not only be guilty of medical malpractice, but battery as well.
• Negligence: When doctors make errors performing procedures and writing prescriptions, they put patients’ lives and health at risk. This constitutes medical malpractice.
• Res ipsa loquitur: When patients suffer injuries at the hands of doctors but are unaware of how these injuries occurred, the latter may have committed malpractice if it can be proven the injury speaks for itself.
The approach victims should take depends on the hospital errors they experience. With an attorney’s help, they can understand how to proceed.
Another complex part of medical malpractice lawsuits is establishing how medical professionals failed to meet the standard of care, which is the level of treatment similarly credentialed professionals would have provided in the same situation. Proving this is crucial for prevailing in a medical malpractice lawsuit and requires copious evidence, bulletproof arguments and expert help. Fortunately, you don’t have to take these tasks on by yourself. An attorney can gather evidence for you, consult with experts and build your case as you focus on your recovery.
Medical malpractice victims must also contend with Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for their cases. Victims must bring forth their medical malpractice lawsuits within two years of discovering their injuries. By working with a medical malpractice lawyer, they can ensure they meet this deadline.
Securing Your Compensation Is Our Highest Priority
We are dedicated to the pursuit of justice and obtaining appropriate compensation for the victims of medical malpractice. If you or your family members have been hurt by substandard or negligent medical care, contact us online or call 412-620-6361 for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation. When we accept your case, you owe nothing out of pocket until we recover compensation for you.