Paula Koczan defends healthcare providers in medical malpractice, licensure and Medicare fraud actions.
She has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts. Paula, who is a registered nurse, handles nursing home cases as well as prisoners’ civil rights actions and product and general liability matters. Her clients include hospitals, physicians, and advanced practice nurse and physician groups and their employees. Since 2008, Paula has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the area of medical malpractice law – defendants.
Paula A. Koczan
Partner, Chair- Medical Malpractice Group, Managing Partner- Pittsburgh Office
Successfully defended medical negligence action where the defendant physician was alleged to have been negligent in failing to properly diagnose and treat a woman’s post-surgical infection, which followed a bilateral breast augmentation and tummy tuck procedure. As a result of infection, both breast implants were removed and the abdominal incision opened and allowed to heal by secondary intention.
Successfully defended a wrongful death and survival action arising from the care and treatment which the defendant physician provided to decedent, following admission to the hospital for what was diagnosed as pneumonia and possible CHF. After a five day admission, the patient was discharged. Within hours of his arrival at home, he experienced cardiac arrest. Despite appropriate resuscitation he could not be revived. A subsequently performed autopsy revealed the cause of death to be sudden cardiac death.
Successfully defended medical negligence action arising from a doctor’s treatment of a woman’s right forearm, slightly displaced inter-articular distal avulsion fracture. The doctor’s treatment included a closed reduction and pinning of the right distal radial fracture. Post-operatively, the pin backed out and the fracture collapsed down and shortened. The patient was subsequently seen by another surgeon who repaired her right wrist deformity. The first doctor was alleged to have been negligent in performing the surgery without adequate fixation to prevent a collapse of the fracture.
- Wytiaz v. Deitrick, 954 A. 2d 643 (Pa. Super 2008)
Professional & Community Involvement
Academy of Trial Lawyers- Board of Directors 2009-2010
Allegheny County Bar Association
412 281-4541 ext. 4593