Medical mistakes with adverse outcomes happen every day in Pennsylvania hospitals. Yet only a tiny fraction ever results in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Why? Because they are complex cases that often go to trial.
The attorneys of Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George will take a medical malpractice case to a jury, and the insurance companies know it. Sometimes this results in a favorable settlement prior to trial or midtrial. Sometimes we still must try the case all the way to a verdict. We have obtained verdicts for clients in this hard-fought litigation, including several awards of $1 million or more.
Do You Have A Medical Malpractice Case?
Our board-certified trial lawyers offer a free case evaluation. From our office in New Castle, we represent victims of physician and hospital negligence in Lawrence County and throughout western Pennsylvania. Contact us today to discuss your possible claim.
According to an Institute of Medicine study conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers, as many as 98,000 people die each year from medical malpractice in U.S. hospitals. That’s more than the number killed by car accidents, breast cancer and AIDS combined. And that doesn’t count the thousands upon thousands of people who are permanently disabled, suffer painful surgeries to correct the damage, or die prematurely as a result of preventable medical errors.
Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George has handled the following types of medical malpractice cases, including:
- Medication mistakes (wrong prescription, overdose, cross-reactions with other drugs)
- Surgical errors and post-surgery complications
- Emergency room errors
- Birth injuries and infant deaths
- Misdiagnosis (failure to diagnose or wrong diagnosis/treatment)
- Nursing errors (failure to monitor or report problems)
Uncovering The Negligence
Doctors and medical staff are held to an impossibly high standard. It’s the handful of negligent medical professionals who cause the problems. According to the federal National Practitioner Data Bank, just 5 percent of physicians are responsible for 56 percent of malpractice — many are repeat offenders who buck the established protocols of care.
- Our attorneys personally meet with clients to discuss what happened. We obtain medical records and research the appropriate treatment. The case is then sent to a forensic nurse to identify possible areas of negligence. In Pennsylvania, a physician practicing in the same field must sign a Certificate of Merit before a lawsuit can be filed.
- Once the case is certified, we prepare as if it will go to trial — most malpractice cases do. We hire medical experts to explain how the standard of care was violated, and use state-of-the-art presentations to illustrate the injuries for the jury. We use life care planners, economists, vocational specialists and day-in-the-life videos to illustrate the extent of injury, the lifelong impact on our client and family and the lost future earnings.
- Our board-certified civil trial specialists, Charles Garbett and Lawrence Kelly, have handled medical malpractice cases and are committed to expending the energy and investing in experts to give our clients the best chance of success.