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Behind each and every important MEDICAL MALPRACTICE case is a person whose life has been ruined.
It is the job of a medical malpractice attorney to unravel the mystery which often conceals the true circumstances which lead to a medical disaster. Armed with knowledge, a patient is empowered to seek and find justice. The Pittsburgh attorneys of Lupetin & Unatin are here for you.
If you suffered unexpected serious harm while under the care of a doctor or other medical professionals, it may be medical malpractice. Regardless of the jurisdiction in which the alleged error occurred, to make out a viable claim of medical malpractice an injured patient (or their survivors) must prove four essential elements by a preponderance of the evidence presented. State laws and court rules related to malpractice claims vary widely, but boiled down to its essential elements a successful medical malpractice claim must always answer “yes” to four questions:
- Did the provider have a duty to be competent in treating the patient?
- If so, did the provider fail to observe that duty?
- If so, did the breach of duty cause the patient’s injuries?
- Finally, did the patient in fact suffer a serious injury?
Medical malpractice is a complex area of practice. Our attorneys, nurses and paralegals have extensive experience helping injured patients answer the questions above in order to understand if medical malpractice occurred, and in cases where it did – helping them get the justice and financial compensation they deserve.
From Our Clients
Our medical malpractice lawyers have successfully represented hundreds of individuals in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, many of them cases against Western Pennsylvania’s largest hospitals, health care providers and insurance companies. The firm’s medical expertise and knowledge of Pennsylvania medical malpractice law has resulted in numerous record settlements and verdicts in Pittsburgh area courtrooms.
In a recent legal battle, attorneys Brendan Lupetin and Maggie Cooney of Lupetin & Unatin, LLC, achieved a remarkable victory for their client, Dr. Alonge, a Navy veteran and dedicated oral surgeon. Facing an unfair offer of $150,000 to settle a slip and fall lawsuit, they managed to secure a staggering $3.2 million jury verdict in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
A patient suffered permanent brain damage during an MRI at Tyrone Hospital. After three years of litigation, Brendan Lupetin and Greg Unatin just completed a trial of the case which resulted in a jury award for the patient of $10.83 million dollars.
Technically, a medical malpractice claim can settle at any time – before suit is filed, right after suit is filed, just before trial, during trial, or after a jury trial. Most frequently, however, medical malpractice lawsuits settle in the month or two before a jury trial.