Washington DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Determining Hospital Malpractice And Physician Negligence
Medical malpractice is an action or a failure to act by a physician, nurse, specialist, emergency room or other medical professional that negatively affects your health. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell whether your doctor has committed medical malpractice. Not all unsatisfactory medical, surgical or treatment results are acts of physician negligence. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or hospital fails to act within the accepted standards of providing medical care.
Our Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers provide the following information intended to assist you in learning more about types of medical malpractice claims and what medical professionals can do to prevent the unfortunate consequences of healthcare negligence. With this understanding of medical malpractice claims in Virginia, Maryland and DC, patients and families injured by acts of malpractice can make better-informed decisions about the legal options available.
With more than 30 years of legal experience handling cases in medical negligence law, our Maryland, DC and Virginia malpractice attorneys want to help patients and families stand up to the healthcare companies and professionals at fault when medical mistakes cause unimaginable harm.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice is a broad claim that encompasses a variety of medical fields. The following malpractice claims fall under the broad umbrella of potential and common medical negligence claims:
- Birth injury, such as those resulting from birth asphyxia or forceps injury during labor, can cause serious medical conditions like cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy
- Misdiagnosis of conditions that leads to severe personal injury or wrongful death
- Failure to conduct the appropriate medical tests
- Malpractice injury or lack of appropriate medical care that causes wrongful death
- Spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury resulting from physician negligence
- Failure to diagnose cancer, impending heart attacks, appendicitis or other common conditions
- Failure to provide treatment, or properly treat medical conditions
- Drug and pharmaceutical errors
- Surgical errors, including operating on the incorrect area of the people, incorrect patient or leaving surgical instruments inside the body
- Medication errors and other acts of medical negligence in nursing homes
- Hospital negligence
If you or a loved one has encountered any of these situations, the medical malpractice attorneys at the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. are prepared to help answer questions of how you can hold the negligent medical care provider accountable for devastating mistakes.
How to Prove Medical Malpractice
To have a successful medical malpractice lawsuit in DC, Virginia or Maryland, patients must establish that:
- The healthcare professional owed a duty to you, like a doctor/patient relationship
- The duty was breached by the physician
- That breach resulted in an injury to you
- You suffered emotional or financial losses as a result of the medical malpractice injury
If your malpractice case meets these necessary elements, or if you need assistance determining if your claim meets these factors for malpractice, contact an injury lawyer for malpractice at our experienced personal injury law firm to discuss your experience in a free case review.
Can Doctors Prevent Medical Malpractice?
A medical malpractice lawsuit usually comes as the result of a series of failures in practices and procedures by doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. Our medical negligence and malpractice attorneys know where potential problems can begin that may lead devastating and fatal patient malpractice injuries.
Hospitals and physicians may help prevent injuries caused by medical malpractice by:
- Maintaining open communication with the patient
- Always providing informed consent
- Keeping up with current research on treatment methods
- Making sure schedule follow-ups
- Not straying from established policies
If you or a loved one was harmed by medical malpractice, it likely involved a lapse in one of the above practices.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case? Ask Our Washington DC Medical Malpractice Attorney. We also represent clients in MD, DC and Fairfax VA
If you feel that you have been subject to medical malpractice or surgical error, contact a medical malpractice lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. for help documenting the details of your case. We have experienced using the best medical experts, investigators and other legal resources to build strong medical malpractice claims to fight on behalf clients to gain the compensation they deserve.
You do not have to suffer in silence. What happened to you and your family may not have occurred if reasonable medical care had been provided. Call us today. No legal fees if we are not successful in gaining compensation on your behalf. Please call us for any personal injury that you or a loved one has suffered.