Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice
Flaherty Fardo, LLC are experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers. Medical malpractice is the deviation from the acceptable standard of care either by physicians, health-care providers and/or health-care facilities.
We aggressively pursue Pittsburgh medical malpractice claims, and believe it is important to give each case the attention it deserves. We do not charge a fee on any personal injury or medical malpractice case unless we win.
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What is Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice is the deviation from the acceptable standard of care for what is acceptable when treating patients within the medical community. Medical Malpractice is the failure of medical professionals to provide adequate treatment to patients resulting in a personal injury or substantial loss of income.
Our medical malpractice attorneys routinely review wide variety of medical malpractice cases including surgical errors, misdiagnoses, plastic surgery errors, and lack of informed consent cases.
Malpractice is believed to be the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, according to an article in the Journal of American Medical Association. A physician must have the same knowledge and skill and use the same care normally used in the medical profession. A physician whose conduct does not meet this professional standard of care is negligent and should be held responsible.
Individuals in Pennsylvania are entitled to compensation when a physician’s negligence causes their injury. Compensation for medical malpractice includes monetary recovery for past and future pain & suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, earning capacity, embarrassment, humiliation, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our Medical Malpractice Experience:
For over 10 years, Flaherty Fardo has helped injured victims of medical malpractice claims recover money for their injuries.
Our efforts have helped victims in cases involving surgical errors, emergency room mistakes, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose and lack of informed consent claims.
We have received numerous settlements and/or verdicts in Allegheny County and surrounding counties including, Washington County, Westmoreland County, Elk County, Fayette County, and Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Medical malpractice claims are some of the most difficult cases to pursue, both because of the actual time, and financial resources necessary to challenge some of the largest healthcare organizations in the state of Pennsylvania. We believe our success in prosecuting malpractice claims is a direct result of our work ethic and recognition of the importance of the claims to our clients.
3 Steps to Finding the Best Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer
This article will help injured clients use 3 steps to find the best Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney to handle their case.
3. Research. Research. Research.
Do not rely simply on advertising in choosing a malpractice lawyer. If you, or someone you love, has been seriously injured in a medical malpractice case, then the odds are you will need substantial financial consideration in order to make life more bearable. You will have only one opportunity. If your case is unsuccessful, or you are awarded limited sums, you will never have the opportunity to demand more, even if your physical condition declines. Therefore, it is essential that injured victims research potential medical malpractice attorneys thoroughly.
This research should include asking family and friends about any prior cases which they may have had. Ask your family and friends about the outcome, diligence and timeliness of the lawyers efforts. Your research should include extensive online searches, including the PA Disciplinary Committee and Lawyer rating Sites (such as AVVO.com). You should read prior client testimonials and peer reviews if available. You should research and find any articles or books which your lawyer has authored. And finally, your research should include interviewing several qualified lawyers.
2. Interview Several Lawyers.
Most injured clients do NOT interview several lawyers. Visiting a lawyer’s office can be inconvenient especially when you are injured. However, interviewing is crucial in choosing the best medical malpractice attorney, and almost all attorneys will visit you either in your home or in a hospital. Some attorneys are great salesman, but as a potential client, you should use your leverage to your benefit. Do not be intimidated.
You need to ask the important questions which need to be answered. Among those questions are: Have you handled this type of case before? What were the results? Why should I choose you? Clients should interview lawyers the same way in which all important decisions should be made. If you were hiring a new employee, buying a new car, having heart surgery, odds are you would research and conduct interviews to make sure that your decision was the best. The same is true in choosing a malpractice attorney. Does your lawyer handle only personal injury cases as opposed to medical malpractice cases? There is a big difference. These are important questions. However, the most important question you will want to ask your lawyer is: Will he/she have the time to handle your case appropriately?
1. Make Sure Your Lawyer has the Time.
Medical Malpractice cases take an extraordinary amount of time and research to handle. Typically, there are voluminous medical records, depositions, discovery, and expert reports. Some lawyers are known for waiting to the last minute before filing pleadings. I have even heard of attorneys waiting 18-20 months after they have signed up a new case to file the original lawsuit.
Lawyers are known for aggressive marketing in an effort to sign up the new clients, but it means nothing if your lawyer does not have the time to handle your case with the attention it deserves. Ask prospective lawyers how many other pending medical malpractice cases they currently have? If they answer more than 50, ask them who else will be working on your file? Ask your lawyer if he/she will be the actual attorney handling the file? Ask your attorney where your case will rank among the files which they have? In your case, you need your medical malpractice attorney to be as aggressive as possible for you.
In conclusion, choosing the best Medical Malpractice attorney is not easy. It requires work on the part of the potential client. However, if you believe you have a meritorious malpractice case, you should thoroughly research attorneys; interview the top few you find; and then make sure that the lawyer you choose has the time to handle your case appropriately.
The Advantage of Having Physicians on Retainer:
FLAHERTY FARDO, LLC has a distinct advantage over many other law firms by having immediate and unfettered access to board certified physicians to review cases and to help with the prosecution of medical malpractice actions when negligence exists.
Our law firm is proud to have both Dr. Barbara E. Fardo and Dr. Dean J. Fardo, on retainer to fully evaluate our potential medical malpractice cases. Both Dr. Fardo’s are board certified physicians and operate their own medical practices respectively. Our physicians on retainer will regularly speak to our lawyers about cases, review medical records, review deposition transcripts, and even speak directly to clients if warranted.
Having access to skilled physicians greatly assists both in preparation for defendant doctor depositions as well as in preparation for actual trial.
Pennsylvania Requires ‘The Certificate of Merit’:
In 2003, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court approved a new rule requiring attorneys to obtain a “certificate of merit” from a medical professional establishing that the medical work in the case fell outside acceptable standards. A lawyer failing to obtain the certificate cannot bring a case to trial. Public opinion and political pressure have left severely injured victims to face cynical juries. Therefore, it is imperative that medical malpractice claims are investigated by competent attorneys who have immediate access to a variety of physicians for review.
We Do Not Charge A Fee Unless We Win
Our representation for medical malpractice and/or medical negligence cases is based on a contingent fee structure. There is absolutely no fee unless we obtain recovery for you. We advance 100% the costs, including experts, filings, and depositions and are only reimbursed from the client’s share if we are successful. If we represent you or a loved one in a medical malpractice case, you can rest assured that we cannot make money unless we obtain monetary recovery for you or our client.
Our Pittsburgh law firm advances substantial sums of money for each case with absolute zero financial risk to our injured clients. If you are injured, we will make any necessary accommodations to offer you the most convenient consultation possible. Whether you are at home or in a hospital, we will listen to the situation which caused your injury.
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Read our Medical Malpractice Articles:
- Handling the Botched Breast Augmentation Case
- Fardo Interviewed by USA Today About Non-Qualified Doctors Attempting Plastic Surgery.
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- Attorney Noah Fardo Recognized by Elite Lawyers of America.
- 3 Steps to Finding the Best Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer.
- How to prepare for your Medical Malpractice Deposition.
- What is the Pennsylvania ‘Certificate of Merit’?
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- Botched Plastic Surgery involving Breast Reduction Settles for over a Million Dollars.
- Money does help families recover after serious injuries.
- Awful Plastic Surgery? Free Case Evaluation.
- Our Unique Plastic Surgeon/Lawyer Team.
- What is Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice?
Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Table of Contents:
- Wrongful Death Lawsuits
- Plastic Surgery Errors
- Bad Breast Augmentations
- Our Lawyer/Plastic Surgeon Team
- Surgical Errors & Mistakes
- OB/GYN Mistakes
- Anesthesia Errors
- Emergency Room Mistakes
- Failure to Diagnose
- Lack of Informed Consent
There is absolutely no fee or cost for any of our free initial personal consultations. Consultations can be done in person, on-line or via telephone at 412.802.6666 or toll free at 1.877.744.3476.