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When you have a serious surgery or a significant illness, you expect pain and discomfort as you get better. However, you do not expect that the care or treatment you receive will make you worse. When that happens because the medical provider was negligent, you will feel more than physical pain. You will feel betrayed, anxious about the future and uncertain about your prognosis. You may wonder if you will ever work again and be able to take care of your family.
Medical mistakes are not the only result of negligence by a doctor, nurse or other provider. Failure to perform certain actions or make decisions correctly—or at all—can also cause injury or additional illness. Administering or prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage can also be disastrous and result in serious complications and even death.
Although the legal system allows patients who suffered because of medical negligence to obtain compensation for their injuries and losses, taking on the hospital or doctor who caused the situation should not be done alone. Hospitals and other medical providers in the Uniontown, Pennsylvania area and throughout the state have batteries of lawyers at their disposal; their job is to try to limit liability and prevent awards and settlements to those who were injured. If you hope to get justice through the legal system after being injured or losing a loved one because of medical negligence, it is critical to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side. An attorney can help you fight for compensation for your losses, injuries and expenses.
The Western Pennsylvania lawyers at Richards & Richards, LLP, have more than 50 years of experience helping people who suffered injury or lost loved ones because of medical negligence. Attorney Veronica A. Richards heads our medical malpractice team. She is a nurse practitioner and former hospital administrator who now helps injured patients and those whose loved ones died. In addition to her medical experience, she has received numerous awards and high ratings from listing services and legal organizations. Attorney Richards and the entire team at our law firm build strong cases that have obtained significant results for our injured clients. Call us to learn how we put our experience and winning record to work for you. We serve Uniontown and the surrounding area.
Although each case is different, some common themes appear in all successful medical malpractice cases. The injured person—the plaintiff—must be able to prove that you had a doctor-patient relationship with the defendant, the doctor, hospital or other medical provider. You cannot sue someone you overheard in the lunch line or an elderly relative who gave you bad advice. You must also prove that the provider was negligent and did not adhere to the accepted standard of care. You cannot file a claim just because you did not like the outcome. Further, you must prove that the negligence caused the injury or worsening illness. Finally, the patient must prove that the injury or illness caused by the negligence resulted in actual damage, damage that can be translated into financial terms. In short, proving medical malpractice is a challenge.
Our attorneys handle all types of medical malpractice cases, including those arising from:
When events such as these are the result of provider negligence and result in injury or death in Fayette County, our Western Pennsylvania law firm may be able to help.
The attorneys at Richards & Richards, LLP, have more than 50 years of experience with medical malpractice cases. They use that experience to build strong arguments for compensation for clients injured because of medical malpractice. Our lawyers work with nationally recognized medical and legal experts, who add value to your case and reinforce our arguments. In addition, we refer you to the best doctor so that you can be confident you are receiving top medical treatment. We want you to focus on recovering while we focus on your legal matter.
If you were injured or a loved one died because of medical malpractice in the Uniontown, PA, region, call our law firm. At Richards & Richards, LLP, we seek maximum compensation for our clients who were injured or whose loved one died because of a medical error caused by negligence. Contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.
Uniontown, PA, is in Fayette County, about 46 miles south of Pittsburgh. It is the county seat of Fayette County, which borders on Maryland. With a population of around 10,500, the history of Uniontown is intertwined with that of the coal and steel industries. Because of changes in those industries, the population of Uniontown is about half of that in 1940. The town is the birthplace of several professional athletes and is known as the home of the Big Mac, invented at a McDonald’s in 1967. The town includes several historic buildings. Those and the downtown historic district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The primary highway is US Route 40, which has both a business route leading into downtown and a bypass.