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Personal Injury Lawyer in Washington PA

Sweat Law Offices will fight to ensure you get the maximum amount of money from your injuries
Our Law Firm prides itself on handling every part of your case from beginning to end. Our personal injury lawyers will:

  • Collect the evidence and paperwork to build the most favorable facts for your case
  • Hire experts to prove your case in court
  • Deal with aggressive insurance companies on behalf of the client
  • Keep you informed about the progress of your case
  • Answer your questions quickly
  • Treat you like a person, not a claim number

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Have you or a loved one been injured by a doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional? If you suspect that you may have been a victim, you could be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a medical malpractice attorney. Complete our free case review form today to have our office review your case and discuss whether you are eligible to file or not.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING AN EXPERIENCED MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY

Medical Malpractice cases differ from Personal Injury cases because they involve both law and medicine. The Attorney you choose must:

  • Have a firm understanding of medicine
  • Be able to decipher medical documents
  • Know which experts to consult
  • Know which questions to ask
  • Be able to anticipate the tactics of the defendant

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

When a patient is injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, they may be able to file a lawsuit. The plaintiff must prove the following elements to succeed in a medical malpractice lawsuit:

Patient/Doctor Relationship: Individuals filing medical malpractice lawsuits must be able to prove they had a physician-patient relationship with the doctor. The patient must hire the doctor and the doctor must have agreed to work for the patient. Medical practitioners can only be sued for acts of malpractice committed within the scope of employment.

Duty of Care: Physicians are required to perform their duties consistent with the medical community’s accepted standards. Doctors and other medical professionals have a legal obligation to their patients to act in the same manner that another practitioner in the same field and situation would.

Breach of Duty: For medical practitioners to be considered negligent, they must have violated the duty of care they owed to their patients. For the duty of care to have been broken, the doctor must have failed to act how another medical practitioner would have acted in a similar situation.

Causation: In addition to negligence, patients must also prove causation to have a valid claim. Injured patients must prove that the medical practitioner’s breach of duty was the proximate cause of their injury. Through documents, further medical treatments, and affidavits from other healthcare providers, patients must be able to show a causal relationship between the doctor’s negligence and their injury.

Damages: The injury caused by the healthcare provider’s negligence must have caused either economic or non-economic damages. This means that medical professionals cannot be held liable unless the injured patient incurred additional medical bills, lost wages or damage to their future earning capacity, or pain and suffering.

 

Medical Malpractice Damages

In medical malpractice cases, damages are awarded to compensate the injured patient for the harm caused by a medical professional’s negligence. Compensatory medical malpractice damages attempt to make the victim “whole” again and provide financial compensation for economic and non-economic losses. Also known as actual damages, economic losses that may be covered include:

Medical expenses: These damages cover the cost of hospital stays, doctor visits, physical therapy, prescription drugs, assistive devices and similar expenses. When an injury is severe or permanent, the medical malpractice victim may also be awarded compensation for future medical expenses.

Lost wages: Patients who must take time away from work to recover from their medical malpractice injuries may be able to collect compensation for lost wages.

Loss of earning capacity: When patients are unable to earn the same amount of money as they did prior to the accident, they may be awarded compensation for a loss of earning capacity.

Pain and suffering: Medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering typically compensate victims for physical pain caused by their injuries. These damages may also include compensation for emotional distress, which refers to the anxiety, depression, fear, frustration and other mental suffering that can develop as a result of a medical malpractice injury.

Loss of consortium: Spouses of medical malpractice victims may be able to recover compensation for the loss of marital benefits. Loss of companionship, sexual relations, affection, and comfort are among the compensable marital benefits. Loss of consortium medical malpractice damages are typically awarded in cases of life-changing or permanent injuries.

Other damages: There are other damages available in certain situations, including loss of life’s enjoyment, compensation for disability or disfigurement, loss of parental support, loss of companionship, etc.

When you are interested in additional information concerning this area of practice, contact us please.

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WRONGFUL DEATH

WRONGFUL DEATH DEFINITION

Wrongful death claims are civil actions made by the survivors of an individual who has passed away due to the negligence or misconduct of another. In these cases, the law allows the family members of the decedent (called “distributees”) to file a wrongful death suit seeking monetary damages. The wrongful death action is designed to provide compensation for relatives who depended upon the deceased for financial and emotional support
Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Car accidents
  • Birth injuries
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Birth injury
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries

CAR ACCIDENTS AND TRUCK ACCIDENTS

To be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit, the victim of the crash must have died or sustained a significant injury such as:

  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • A significant head injury
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Broken bones

What caused your accident?

  • Texting
  • Drunk Driving
  • Winter Conditions
  • Road Hazards
  • Product Defects
  • Work Zone Accidents

 

DAMAGES

Economic auto accident damages, also known as compensatory damages, attempt to compensate the injured car crash victim for his or her monetary losses. Common economic damages awarded in car accident lawsuits include:

Medical Expenses: This could include expenses for emergency room visits, hospitalization, emergency surgery, any assistive devices and future appointments with a medical professional.

Future Medical Expenses: If the car accident victim can prove that they will need continued medical care as a result of the crash, they may be able to recover the cost of future medical expenses.
Lost Wages: Car accident victims who have been injured can seek compensation for lost wages from the time of injury to the conclusion of the lawsuit. Even if the victim was unemployed, he or she could receive compensation for lost wages if the attorney can prove that the accident limited his or her earning potential.

Loss of Earning Capacity: If you sustained injuries that prevent you from working, you may be able to receive compensation by proving that your earning capacity was negatively impacted by the incident. In this case, the jury will typically determine the amount the victim could have earned if the car accident had not occurred.
Non-economic car accident damages award the plaintiff for non-financial losses. Car accident damages for non-monetary losses are typically harder to quantify and may include compensation for the following:

Pain and Suffering: This includes compensation for the pain and suffering you faced after the accident. In awarding damages for pain and suffering, the jury will examine the extent of your injuries, including how long you are expected to suffer, the nature of the injury, and what financial burdens the incident places on you and your family.

Mental Anguish: You may also be able to attain compensation for the emotional pain you faced after the incident. Mental anguish, for example, can include feelings of fright, nervousness, worry, grief, and any other type of emotional trauma a victim can face after a devastating accident.

Loss of Consortium: If you were the spouse of the car accident victim, you may be able to procure compensation for the unique losses you face such as loss of marital benefits, including companionship, sexual relations, affection, and comfort.

Punitive Damages: If the actions of the defendant were so malicious or egregious, the jury may impose punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.

 

SLIP AND FALL

In your slip and fall case, your attorney will have to prove that your accident was caused by a “dangerous condition” on the property and that the owner knew about the dangerous condition. A dangerous condition must present an unreasonable risk of harm to those on the property and must be a condition that a reasonable person would not have anticipated. (The latter requirement implies that people must take note of and avoid obvious hazards.)

PENNSYLVANIA SLIP AND FALL – Martino v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., 419 Pa. 229 (1965) established a Traditional approach to slip and fall cases. This means:

To prove that the property owner knew of the dangerous condition, your attorney will have to show the following:

  1. The property owner created the dangerous condition
  2. The property owner knew of the condition and was negligent in failing to correct it or
  3. The condition existed for a long enough period of time that a reasonable property owner should have discovered and corrected it before your accident

When you frequent a retail store, you are considered an “invitee”, which means the property owner owes you a higher standard of care.

Call Sweat Law Offices today to see if you are entitled to significant compensation.

The Benefits of Having Sweat Law Work For You

Our team has acquired well over 100 years of combined work experience representing clients in all of their legal needs. Our experience has enabled us to create results in line with their goals and objectives. There is no replacement for experience.

Our law team is consistently recognized in the legal community as leaders in ideas and pacesetters, and is considered as one of the top law firms in Southwestern PA.

Efficiency and results are more important than the hourly rate. More than a 100 years worth of total experience has allowed us to deliver results with an effort in improving our client’s bottom line.

Our clients are always close in being face to face with our legal team, as we are proud in on offering full access to our attorneys and staff. We have created a outstanding presence in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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