Our Firm Has Been Representing Clients in Medical Malpractice Cases Against Local Pittsburgh Hospitals and Doctors for Many Years
Children can be more vulnerable to certain illnesses than adults. They are also less able to explain their symptoms to a doctor if they’re feeling ill. That’s why children see a pediatrician who has specialized in understanding what children need. The pediatrician plays a crucial role in ensuring your child has a healthy childhood—and when that doctor makes a terrible mistake, it is your child’s future that is placed at risk.
If your child was harmed by pediatric malpractice, having the best possible lawyer on your team greatly increases your chances of holding that doctor accountable. Our award-winning medical malpractice lawyers at Matzus Law LLC have devoted our entire practice to helping injured clients. We are trusted by past clients and respected by the insurance companies and defense lawyers on the other side of the table.
Some childhood illnesses have the potential to progress quickly and can cause permanent harm. In other cases, your child may recover fully, but require more invasive or painful treatment in order to make that recovery. Whether your child has suffered irreparable damage or a worsened condition, if a pediatrician’s unreasonable mistake caused that harm, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Choosing a lawyer to protect your child’s interests can be a difficult decision. At Matzus Law LLC, we have over 20 years’ experience handling these types of cases. We have developed a reputation for excellence throughout Pittsburgh and will stand by your side through the entire legal process. To learn more, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our pediatrician malpractice lawyers today.
Pediatrician malpractice occurs when your pediatrician makes a mistake that another reasonably trained pediatrician would not have made under the circumstances. Missing a symptom of an illness or forgetting to run an important test can cost your child their healthy and active childhood. Many childhood illnesses can cause permanent damage, meaning that your child may have to adapt to a permanent disability or require long-term care.
Examples of circumstances that can give rise to a pediatrician malpractice claim include:
Insurance companies often make a settlement offer quickly in pediatrician malpractice cases. They recognize that the value of the case may be higher than in cases involving adults—especially when a lifetime of care may be required. Those offers are almost never fair.
At Matzus Law LLC, we fight to make sure your compensation award accounts for every dollar you deserve.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for a wide range of past, present and future expenses, including compensation for:
In a typical medical malpractice case involving adults, predicting your compensation award is much more simple. For example, your lost future earning capacity is based upon your earning capacity prior to the accident. With children, the calculation becomes much more complex. A child’s full potential is not yet known, after all.
At Matzus Law LLC, we work with nationally recognized medical and financial experts to reach a fair estimate of what your child deserves. The level of compensation available will, of course, depend upon the severity and permanence of the harm. Because we have specialized in helping injured clients, our lawyers understand the full extent of the compensation you may be entitled to receive—and we leave no stone unturned in fighting for maximum compensation in your case.
We know that choosing a lawyer is a big decision. We want to make it easier for our potential clients, so we provide you with a free consultation where we can sit down and discuss what happened. Our lawyers will explain potential options for recovering fair compensation in your case and you have no obligation to hire us.
To learn more, schedule a free case review with our experienced Pittsburgh, PA pediatrician malpractice lawyers today.
Sometimes, but not always. At Matzus Law LLC, our lawyers have been handling cases like this for over 20 years. We use our legal knowledge and strong negotiation skills to reach a full and fair settlement outside of court if that is your preference.
Whether court intervention is needed to get a fair settlement will depend largely upon the insurance company and the circumstances. Pediatric malpractice cases are not only complicated, but they also have the potential to be highly emotional. Some insurance companies might not want to risk putting a sympathetic child before a jury, and might, therefore, be more willing to settle fairly out of court.
A doctor’s treatment plan can vary from patient to patient. We retain a medical expert (or experts), as required under Pennsylvania law, to provide evidence about what a reasonable pediatrician would have done when faced with your child as a patient. That pediatric expert can also testify to the fact that no competent pediatrician would have acted, or failed to act, in the way your pediatrician did. The expert requirement serves a type of gatekeeping function—to prevent frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that could overwhelm the courts.
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