Medical Malpractice FAQ

Whether you think you might have a case, or you know someone who might, it is likely that you have questions about what medical malpractice is and how filing a claim works. At D'Amico Law Offices, L.L.C., in Pittsburgh, we strive to provide important information upfront so you can make an informed decision about whether to seek legal guidance.

The following are some commonly asked questions and answers about medical malpractice. We hope you find them helpful.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, nurse or other health care provider deviates from the accepted standard of care in a way that causes harm to the patient. Examples of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, prescribing the wrong medication, surgical errors, failure to diagnose a condition, and others.

What damages can I recover?

Depending on your specific circumstances, it may be possible to recover compensation for past and future medical bills related to the malpractice, lost wages, or loss of ability to earn an income. In some cases, noneconomic damages may also be awarded, which could include compensation for pain and suffering.

What is informed consent?

In Pennsylvania, informed consent means that physicians are required to get your consent before performing any procedures on you. When seeking your consent, your health care provider must inform you of important facts about the procedure, any risks involved and possible alternative solutions to surgery.

Failing to uphold this law may be considered medical malpractice. The only exception to this rule is in emergency situations.

Will my case go to trial?

Most likely not. Most medical malpractice claims are settled out of court. However, our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to take your claim to trial if it is in your best interests.

What should I do if I think I have a claim?

If you think you have a case for medical malpractice, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At our firm, we can listen to your story in a free consultation and help you determine what steps to take next.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

We handle all medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 412-906-8180 or 866-546-4956, or fill out a contact form online.