DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury as the result of substandard medical care, a DC medical malpractice lawyer can help you receive fair compensation for harms and losses suffered. While not every course of medical treatment has the desired outcome, health care professionals and physicians must provide their patients with a level of care that meets professional standards. Failure to meet this basic standard of care can leave patients suffering from illness or personal injury that could have been avoided. In the event that inadequate or negligent medical care leads to the death of the patient, a DC medical malpractice lawyer can help surviving loved ones pursue a wrongful death claim. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at our firm handle a full range of malpractice claims, including:
- Prescription errors
- Emergency room errors
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Surgical injury
- Medical equipment malfunction
- Birth trauma
- Radiology error
- Psychiatric malpractice
All medical treatment and procedures have inherent risks. However, if a physician fails to inform you of those risks, and you sustain an injury as a result of the procedure, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. When you seek professional medical care, you should have a reasonable expectation that you will receive adequate treatment. If your treatment leaves you with injuries or illness that could have been prevented had proper care been administered and standard procedures been followed, you should seek advice from a qualified DC medical malpractice lawyer. This page provides a general review of the types of cases that may qualify for a successful civil claim and the restrictions and regulations that apply to those seeking civil justice for the harms and losses they have suffered. Because each case has unique circumstances and details, you should contact a DC medical malpractice attorney to evaluate whether you have a valid malpractice case.
Statute of Limitations
If you suspect your injury was the result of negligence or error on the part of a medical caregiver, it is important that you schedule a consultation with an attorney as soon as possible. Not only will that give your attorney the best possible chance of getting the benefits you deserve, but it is also important that you don’t surpass the amount of time allotted for civil claims under the District of Columbia’s statute of limitations. In Washington DC, if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you have three years to bring a claim from the date of the injury or the date that you first became aware of the illness or injury. Our DC medical malpractice lawyers provide no-cost, no-obligation consultations at your convenience because delay can affect the success of your claim.
From state to state, there are generally two different ways to look at medical malpractice and other accident cases. Most states subscribe to either the rule of contributory negligence or the rule of comparative negligence. The rule they choose to enforce has a direct impact on the type of medical malpractice cases that can prove successful in the courtroom.
The District of Columbia is among a handful of jurisdictions that enforces a pure contributory negligence doctrine. In broad terms, contributory negligence is a form of defense to various claims based on negligence. This means that if the victim can be considered even remotely responsible for the incident, even just one percent, they will not be eligible to receive damages. This can make it difficult for the average person to understand which types of claims can result in successful civil litigation. That is why it is important for anyone who believes their suffering is a result of medical malpractice to contact a dedicated DC medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can help guide you through the strict rules that apply under this defense claim and will give you a frank and forthright assessment of your case and whether it is worth pursuing civil justice.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
In DC, one of the most common medical malpractice causes of action is misdiagnosis. This occurs when a doctor or other health care staff member provides a diagnosis for a condition that does not represent what the patient is actually suffering from. Some examples of cases of misdiagnosis include, but are not limited to:
- Cancer: Though lone symptoms — such as a new mole, a nagging headache, indigestion, or difficulty breathing — are typically minor issues, any number of these seemingly innocuous health problems can be an early indication of a more serious infliction, such as cancer. If a doctor doesn’t properly look into or follow up when you report these symptoms and, as a result, misses a cancer diagnosis, your situation may warrant a medical malpractice suit.
- Heart disease: When an individual has symptoms such as an upset stomach or back pain and difficulty breathing, they may be sent home with a diagnosis of acid reflux disease or an anxiety disorder when they may, in fact, be suffering a heart attack.
- Stroke: Dizziness, confusion, and headaches are often times blamed on intoxication, low blood sugar, or other existing medical conditions when the real culprit may be a stroke.
- Yeast infections: Countless women have been diagnosed with a simple yeast infection and given over-the-counter medications. However, if there is a regular reoccurrence of these infections it may be a symptom of a much more serious health issue, including a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause serious complications for reproductive and general health.
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Experienced Attorneys Bring Advantages
At our firm, our clients always come first. Our attorneys understand the regrettable circumstances that move their clients to seek legal advice, and they do their best to make their clients feel at ease while guiding our clients and their claims through a complicated legal process. In addition to offering an understanding ear, our attorneys make sure their clients are well-informed and consulted every step of the way in the decision-making process. This helps ensure their injury claim is aggressively pursued and that our clients’ decisions are based upon sound and relevant information. The firm also offers all of the benefits that come with being headquartered in the heart of Washington, DC and having attorneys with law offices located throughout Maryland and Virginia. That combination of sophistication and local connection should never be underestimated. Our attorneys have strong working relationships with the courts at all levels, and understand the policies and practices of the various jurisdictions. That means that our attorneys are well-suited to pursuing a wide variety of personal injury cases and seeking an array of optimal results, such as avoiding a lengthy trial and pushing for a settlement, or fighting for civil justice in a courtroom. Though our attorneys will always do what is best for our clients, they are also committed to ensuring that those responsible for causing serious harm via medical malpractice and other forms of negligence are held accountable. This benefits not only our clients, but our whole community.
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After any medical procedure, you are likely focused on health and recovery. As a victim of medical malpractice, your recovery could be more extensive and costly than originally expected. Health care is expensive even when correctly administered, so the setbacks of a medical malpractice injury can seriously disrupt your finances. Pursuing a medical malpractice claim with the help of a DC medical malpractice lawyer can help you secure the financial compensation you deserve and start getting your personal and professional life back to normal. If you have suffered pain, injury, loss of work and consortium, and other damages as a result of the recklessness or negligence of a medical provider, it is crucial that you act quickly and contact a Washington, DC medical malpractice attorney. Contact our firm now for a no-cost case evaluation.