Medical Malpractice


Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky have represented many individuals who have sustained injuries as a result inadequate or improper care and treatment by a medical provider. Professionals and institutions such as physicians, nurses, hospitals, psychologists, nursing homes and x-ray technicians can be careless or negligent. This negligence of medical professionals is usually referred to as medical malpractice.

Common Areas Of Medical Malpractice:

  • Medication errors such as dispensing medicines or incorrect dosage
  • Failure to correctly evaluate an x-ray
  • Blood transfusion errors
  • Failure to diagnose a life-threatening condition
  • Surgical errors and emergency room procedures
  • Failure to diagnose a birth injury or fetal condition
  • Infections related to hospital procedure
  • Trauma resulting in Cerebral Palsy
  • Preventable suicide

Medical Malpractice Specialties

The consequences of medical carelessness or negligence can be catastrophic, even deadly. We understand that it may be impossible to restore the damage and loss completely in these situations.

Medical Malpractice Fee Structure

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your medical malpractice claim.  Most victims of medical malpractice do not have the resources to hire a medical malpractice law firm to protect their rights. An unexpected injury is most often not a part of your household budget. Medical bills and lost wages along with other financial concerns can greatly complicate your situation.

If we are unable to recover financial compensation for you, based on your injuries, there will not be a fee for our services. This is commonly known as a “contingency fee”.

Medical Malpractice Information

Medical malpractice is professional negligence by action or oversight by a health care worker in which the treatment delivered cascades below the conventional standard of practice in the medical community and causes serious injury or death to the patient involved, with the majority of medical malpractice cases involving an error being performed.

Physicians, as professionals, owe what is called a “duty of care” to those who are under their care. This component is often an issue in malpractice litigation. Once a doctor decides to take part in the treatment of a patient, he or she has a professional duty to provide competent care. The plaintiff must show some actual, compensable injury that is the result of the alleged negligent care. Proof of injury can include the physical effects of the treatment performed by the physician but can also include the related emotional effects from the negligent care. The amount of financial compensation at issue is typically a highly disputed facet of the medical malpractice litigation process.

Causation may also be a vigorously litigated issue. The physician or medical professional may allege that the injuries were caused by physical factors that were un-related to the allegedly negligent medical treatment. For example, assume that a physician is sued for the negligent prescription of a medication to a patient with a coronary artery disease and that the patient eventually died of a heart attack.  The prescribed medication would have to be proven to be directly related to the causation of the heart attack. The very important element in a medical malpractice case is what is referred to as “standard of care”. “Standard of Care” relates to the specific variety of medical care that a medical professional or institution is expected to provide.

Medical Malpractice Law is Not Restricted to Physicians only

Medical Malpractice Claims can be filed against any medical professional comprising of doctors, surgeons, nurses and psychologists. The damage that occurs can range from misdiagnoses to improper treatment.  Any medical professional may be held liable for the treatment that is considered negligent causing injury to the patient. There are numerous causes for errors to take place at a medical facility, even when the patient’s medical issues or treatments are not immediately addressed. These professional negligence cases commonly seek financial compensation, but in special select Pittsburgh or Western, PA medical malpractice cases the medical professional may lose their license to practice medicine dependent on the gross negligence and the jurisdiction where the medical malpractice occurred. In this respect, this is comparable to consequences related to how attorney malpractice regulations operate.

Attorneys put up large sums of money on these complex cases in order to hire experts, take depositions, gather evidence and oppose the large insurance carrier law firms. The law firm that you eventually choose should be able to cover the expenses for these battles. Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky has the resources, the experience and the dedication to resolve your case successfully. Contact us, to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. To schedule a free initial evaluation of your case please call 412.471.8500 or visit our “Contact Us” page. All phone calls/inquiries will be answered immediately.