Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, especially since doctors may not tell their patients when something goes wrong. Many victims have questions, both about what happened to cause their injuries and what to do next. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, our medical malpractice attorneys have been helping victims nationwide for more than 30 years. We work hard to protect our clients’ rights, and to find answers about their injuries or loved one’s wrongful death.
Below, our Washington DC malpractice lawyers answer some of the most frequently asked questions about medical negligence.
Medical malpractice is an action or a failure to act by a physician, nurse, specialist or other medical professional that negatively affects your health. However, not every mistake or medical injury may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to proceed with a case, you must have evidence that your doctor did not meet the standard of care of a competent physician.
For example, some surgeries inherently have a high risk of complication. If your doctor first informs you of these risks and a complication arises, this is likely not medical malpractice. However, if you sustain further injuries beyond the scope of the known risks of a procedure, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Medicine is a broad field, so many different behaviors may constitute medical malpractice. Common examples of medical malpractice include:
To recover compensation in a medical malpractice case, you must show that:
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for the following:
Each state has its own statute of limitations, which is the time you have file suit. The statute of limitations typically begins to run on the date of the injury. However, in some cases it may begin when you discover the injury. Additionally, for medical malpractice cases involving wrongful death, the time limit begins on the date of death.
If you have been injured, you should immediately contact malpractice attorneys in Virginiato determine how long you have to file suit. Certain statutes of limitations our medical malpractice and injury attorneys commonly encounter are as follows:
The investigation and litigation of medical malpractice cases are often expensive. Your medical negligence lawyer must pay for your medical records and history, as well as fees for medical experts and other investigators. However, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P offers contingency fee arrangements.
This means that you pay nothing upfront for the cost of the investigation or representation. If our malpractice attorneys succeed in obtaining a successful verdict or settlement for you, then we take our fees as a percentage of the award. On the other hand, if your case is unsuccessful, you owe us nothing.
If you have been injured due to a doctor’s actions, you should consult a Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. medical malpractice attorney. Our law firm offers free initial consultations, which means that you can find out if you have a case and get your questions answered at no cost and without obligation.
You may not want to bring a claim against your physician, especially if he or she has been your doctor for a long time. However, everything you discuss with your personal injury attorney will remain confidential and a case will be brought only if you decide it should be. If medical negligence caused your injuries, contact one of our malpractice lawyers today for an initial consultation.