LGKG | Luxenberg + Garbett + Kelly + George
Call now to schedule a free initial consultation

PH 724.658.8535

TF 800.655.3870

Medical malpractice damage caps in Pennsylvania

Residents who go to the doctor expect to get better after treatment. At a minimum, patients expect their doctors will do what they can to prevent the condition from getting worse. Unfortunately, in many cases, doctors make careless mistakes that leave patients in a worsened condition. In the worst cases, a patient may even die because of a doctor's professional errors.

Pittsburgh patients or their families who get hurt by medical negligence can sue their doctors for medical malpractice. However, there are certain limitations on what an injured patient can recover in a medical malpractice case. Fortunately, the laws are not as strict as in some other states, and a patient can get a full recovery for his or her pain and suffering, as well as medical bills and lost wages.

But, a patient may have a more difficult time recovering punitive damages. For one, Pennsylvania law limits the amount of punitive damages a patient can recover to double what the patient recovers in terms of compensation. Moreover, the law makes it more difficult to get punitive damages as a patient has to prove that the doctor was more than careless and was actually acting with "reckless indifference" to other people.

The good news is that a patient can recover all of his or her actual losses after a malpractice action, which can make up, in some way, for their losses. The fact that a person cannot recover all of the punitive damages, which he or she is entitled, should not discourage someone from filing a medical malpractice case.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Lawrence County
315 North Mercer Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Toll Free: 800-655-3870
Phone: 724-761-2094
Phone: 724-658-8535
Fax: 724-658-8013
New Castle Law Office Map

Butler County
220 South Main Street
Butler, PA 16001

Toll Free: 800-655-3870
Phone: 724-761-2094
Phone: 724-283-4244
Fax: 724-658-8013
Map & Directions

Beaver County
1126 6th Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Toll Free: 800-655-3870
Phone: 724-761-2094
Phone: 724-846-4400
Fax: 724-658-8013
Map & Directions

Lawrence County
317 7th Street
Ellwood City, PA 16117

Toll Free: 800-655-3870
Phone: 724-761-2094
Phone: 724-758-7581
Fax: 724-658-8013
Map & Directions

Butler County - Cranberry Township
2009 Mackenzie Way
Suite 177
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Toll Free: 800-655-3870
Phone: 724-761-2094
Phone: 724-452-1425
Fax: 724-658-8013
Map & Directions