It is widely known in the Pittsburgh legal community that only a small percentage of medical malpractice and personal injury cases are brought to court. However, if you are involved in one of the cases that are tried in court, it is crucial that you have one of the best trial lawyers on your side. Why? According to an article published in the Boston Globe, many attorneys have no trial experience, which is one of the things insurance companies look at when making offers. Insurance adjusters know who does, and who does not, go to trial and the same case with an attorney with no trial experience may seem worthless to an insurance company.
Last year, a Cranberry man and two of his three triplets were killed when a wood-chipper broke free from a truck and slammed into their minivan on Route 8 in Richland Township. The driver of the truck, Bradley Demitras, 35, of Pine Township, was sentenced Tuesday to nine to 18 months in prison and six years of probation on involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Prosecutors said the chipper came free from Demitras' truck and went into the opposing lanes, killing Spencer Morrison and his 4-year-olds, Alaina and Garrett, on April 13, 2006.
When the hospital and physicians in whom you have placed your trust provide you with negligent care, or commit a medical error, what can you do? You may be faced with overwhelming physical and emotional pain. Your overall health and emotional functioning may have been permanently impaired. You may have lost income. You may be forced to spend large sums of monies for doctors, hospitals and other items necessary for proper care and treatment, and you may be forced to spend additional sums in the future. One the most important decisions, hiring the right lawyer, could mean the difference between getting fair compensation for your injuries or an unjust settlement that does not cover your medical bills, wages or future expenses.
According to a recent article in U.S. News, many men will develop some degree of prostate cancer if they live long enough. Autopsy studies have shown microscopic evidence of prostate cancer in 15 to 30 percent of men over the age of 50 and in 60 percent to 70 percent of men who reach age 80. The report indicates that a male born today has a 16 percent chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in his life and a 3 percent chance of dying of the disease.
The majority of medical malpractice lawsuits result from the failure to diagnose and treat a serious condition in a timely fashion. Examples of those diseases that are most often misdiagnosed, or where there is a delay in diagnosis, are breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, heart attacks and appendicitis.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men. Each year, in excess of 1.5 million men undergo biopsies to determine whether or not they have prostate cancer. Typically a male undergoes such a biopsy because on rectal exam, a prostate lesion is detected. Another reason so many men undergo prostate biopsies is because they have a positive PSA test. Despite the large numbers of biopsies performed on men, only about 250,000 of them are found to have cancer. One of the reasons for this is because the PSA test, even though elevated, does not necessarily mean that a man has prostate cancer.