Suit Says Late Lawyer's Firm Missed Deadline For Injury Claim

Law360 (February 22, 2021, 5:30 PM EST) -- The Pittsburgh-based Patberg Law Firm botched a woman's slip-and-fall case after her attorney died, according to a legal malpractice lawsuit the woman has filed in Pennsylvania state court.

Heidi Fornalczyk and her husband said the firm indicated it would carry on with her personal injury claims against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after Rolf L. Patberg died in November 2018, but missed the deadline to file the lawsuit within Pennsylvania's two-year statute of limitations.

"During a telephone conversation between Mrs. Fornalczyk and a representative of the firm that occurred a few days after Mr. Patberg's funeral, she was specifically told...

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