Washington Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have suffered injuries due to the medical negligence of a healthcare professional in Washington, Pennsylvania, then you may have a right of action to recover damages pursuant to medical malpractice litigation. Medical malpractice litigation can be complex, however, so it’s important that you work with an attorney who has the skills and consistent track record necessary to succeed in your Washington medical malpractice case.
Attorney Jason Matzus has worked with numerous medical malpractice claimants over several decades in Washington and throughout Pennsylvania. He is therefore well equipped to litigate your Washington medical malpractice claim on your behalf. Contact him today to schedule a free consultation.
In the medical malpractice context, there are certain liability issues that come up more frequently than others.
Determining the Standard of Care:
Defendants in Washington medical malpractice claims are highly likely to argue over the applicable standard of care. With the aid of medical experts and other industry professionals, the defendant healthcare professional may assert that they did not actually violate the standard of care because any other reasonably competent healthcare professional in similar circumstances would have acted the same. You may have to introduce the testimony of other healthcare professionals to support your arguments and counter those of the defendant.
The medical malpractice defendant may argue that — even if the procedure at issue was risky, for example — you consented to the treatment. They might also argue that you knew the risks involved. Informed consent is not always clear-cut, however. It may be the case that the defendant did not effectively communicate all the facts, so you could not actually consent.
Damages in a medical malpractice case in Washington, PA can vary quite substantially, depending on the circumstances. For example, if you were unemployed at the time of the medical negligence that caused you to suffer injuries, then you might not be entitled to damages for wage loss — after all, you would not have actually lost out on wages that you otherwise might have earned without the injury. On the other hand, you might be entitled to damages for the loss of future earning capacity if you can show that the injury affected your ability to secure a job.
In some cases where the defendant healthcare professional (or healthcare facility) has engaged in willful and wanton conduct in the extreme — perhaps by consuming significant amounts of alcohol before a surgical intervention and becoming intoxicated — the court may choose to award punitive damages, which multiply your compensatory damages and frequently lead to multimillion-dollar recoveries.
Damages commonly encountered in a Washington, PA medical malpractice case include:
Attorney Jason Matzus has extensive experience handling medical malpractice claims in Washington and across Pennsylvania. He has successfully litigated numerous cases and secured multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients. Unlike many other firms, we believe deeply in the importance of having the client involved and engaged in the litigation process. As such, we keep the client informed of new developments in their case and maintain open lines of communication to ensure that their needs and preferences are being met at every phase of litigation.
Call or email today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of the experienced Washington medical malpractice attorneys here at Matzus Law. During your initial consultation, we will assess your claims and develop a strategic roadmap for the eventual litigation.
Washington is a city of just 13,514 people and is located just about a 30-minute drive away from the city center of Pittsburgh, which means that it falls within the ambit of the Great Pittsburgh metro region. Although the city’s population has declined significantly since the 1970s, it remains an important educational, cultural, and economic center in Western Pennsylvania. Washington & Jefferson College, a highly ranked liberal arts college, is located in the downtown neighborhood of Washington, PA.
Washington and its surrounding areas are home to a number of healthcare facilities, from hospitals to clinics and rehabilitation centers. Well-known facilities include Washington Hospital, Healthsouth, Canonsburg Hospital, Washington Clinical Laboratory, VA Primary Care Clinic, Ruth York Morgan Health Education Learning Place, and more. In the event that you have suffered an injury due to the medical negligence of your treating healthcare professional at one of these facilities, you may have the right to sue and recover damages in a medical malpractice claim.
Here at Matzus Law, we operate an office out of Pittsburgh, close to the city of Washington and readily accessible to potential clients throughout the region. Our office is located at 310 Grant St., Suite #3210 in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Call today to speak with a qualified attorney about your medical malpractice dispute in Washington, Pennsylvania.
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