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Medical Mistake Attorney Washington DC

Medical Mistake Attorney Washington DC

Medical malpractice lawyers in Washington D.C. to help injured patients. When a doctor or nurse, or any heath care professional, causes injury or death because of a negligent act or a failure to act, it is called medical malpractice. Health care professionals have the responsibility to provide treatment that is considered to be at an acceptable standard within the medical community. Negligent actions fall below the acceptable standard of care are thus not acceptable for doctors or nurses.

Many Medical Malpractice Cases in DC Include Some Sort of Medical Error

Most cases of medical malpractice include some sort of medical error, which is a preventable negative effect of the heath care professional’s care. Medical errors can include incomplete or inaccurate diagnosis, incomplete or inaccurate treatment of a disease or condition, an injury resulting from care, or a new syndrome, infection, behavior, or ailment. Medical errors are frequently described as human errors within the healthcare field because they happen when a healthcare professional uses an inappropriate medical method or carries out an appropriate method in an inappropriate way.

In 2000, the United States Institute of Medicine issued a report saying that every year, between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths occur every year because of medical errors and about one million injuries occur as a result of medical errors each year. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine issued a follow-up study, which found that at least 1.5 million people were harmed every year by medication errors.

Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in DC Can Help Prove Your Entitlement

In order to prove your entitlement to compensation in a medical malpractice trial, in most states you must be able to prove four aspects of the health care professional’s negligence. You first must prove that because the hospital or health care provider took you on as a patient, they legally owed you service. You must then prove that the provider failed to provide the medically acceptable standard of care. Then you must prove that the failure to conform to the standard of care directly caused an injury to your person. Finally, you must prove that you experienced damage and the damage you experienced was the direct result of the failure to provide adequate service. Please note that each state is different so do not rely on this information but rather consult with a personal injury lawyer who handles medical malpractice cases.

We’re Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Washington DC

More frequently than not, medical malpractice cases are negotiated and settled without going to court. However, as occurs in many medical mistake cases, if the two parties involved cannot agree then the case will be sent to trial. Before the terms can be negotiated, the person who was injured through medical malpractice or their attorney must file a lawsuit in the appropriate court.

Contact our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Washington DC

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very long and involved lawsuits. It can be extremely difficult to eloquently make your case and present your evidence in a believable way and there are many steps between discovering your injury and receiving compensation. For these reasons it is highly recommended that you consult a medical malpractice attorney before filing your lawsuit. Let the trusted and accomplished medical malpractice attorneys at Cohen & Cohen take the stress of a medical malpractice lawsuit off of your shoulders. Their experience and competence will give you the best possible chances at winning your lawsuit. Call Cohen & Cohen today to have your medical malpractice case evaluated and find out how much you could be entitled to. If you’re looking for a medical malpractice attorney in Washington, DC, contact Cohen & Cohen today.

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There are many medical malpractice lawyers in Washington D.C. that can help injured people but not many of them will fight for you the way the experienced and compassionate team of lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. will fight for you.

An Introduction to Medical Malpractice in the United States defines medical malpractice as:

  • Any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient.

This means that when a doctor, nurse, or any health care professional, causes injury or death because they were not doing their jobs the way they were supposed to- whether it was because they were inattentive, sloppy, or simply failed to act with the expected level of care- they are in the wrong and should be held accountable.

From surgeons and specialists, to family practitioners and pediatricians- from nurses and therapists, to lab and machinery technicians- health care professionals have a responsibility to give care and treatment that is at an acceptable standard within the medical community. It is not acceptable for doctors, nurses, and healthcare practitioners to be negligent in their actions. It is especially unacceptable if something terrible has happened to you or a loved one who has been subject to “care” that falls below the acceptable standard.

Many Medical Malpractice Cases in DC Include Some Sort of Medical Error

In most instances of medical malpractice, some sort of medical error is a part of it. This is usually something- or multiple things- that are preventable when a healthcare professional does his/her job to the acceptable standard.

Common medical errors include but are not limited to:

  • Inaccurate diagnosis
  • Incomplete or inaccurate treatment of a disease or condition
  • An injury resulting from treatment and/or care
  • Development of a new syndrome, infection, behavior, or ailment, as a result of treatment and/or care

The reason why medical errors are often described as human errors is because they happen when a healthcare professional uses an inappropriate medical method, or carries out an appropriate method in an inappropriate way. In other words, when a doctor gives you an aspirin when s/he should have given you a transfusion or should have sent you for more tests, etc., this can be considered malpractice.

In most cases of medical malpractice there is some sort of medical error. If you would have been better off without getting a “treatment” from a medical practitioner for your ailment, there is a good chance that there has been what is considered, medical malpractice.

Medical errors can include but are not limited to:

  • Incomplete or inaccurate diagnosis
  • Incomplete or inaccurate treatment of a disease or condition
  • An injury resulting from medical care
  • A new syndrome, infection, behavior, or ailment that is the result of medical care

Medical errors are frequently described as human errors within the healthcare field because they happen when a healthcare professional uses an inappropriate medical method or carries out an appropriate method in an inappropriate way.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2013, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.- right behind heart disease and cancer. After analyzing medical death rate data in 2016, John Hopkins patient safety experts (John Hopkins Medicine) have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error. According to the Institute of Medicine, in 2006 alone, at least 1.5 million people were harmed each year by medication errors.

Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in DC Can Help Prove Your Entitlement

In most states, in order to prove that you have the right to be compensated in a medical malpractice trial, you must be able to prove four aspects of the health care professional’s negligence:

  1. You were legally owed a service because the hospital or healthcare provider took you on as a patient
  2. You experienced damage and the damage you experienced was the direct result of the failure to provide adequate service
  3. The provider failed to provide the medically acceptable standard of care
  4. The provider failed to conform to the standard of care and directly caused an injury to your person

Each state is different so do not rely on this information but rather consult with a personal injury lawyer who handles medical malpractice cases. If you are in the Washington DC and surrounding areas, consulting with an experienced team such as the one at Cohen & Cohen, P.C., can lead to much more positive outcomes in the unfortunate situation of an injury or wrongful death.

We’re Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Washington DC

Very often, medical malpractice cases are negotiated by lawyers, insurance companies, medical facilities, medical equipment companies, and any other entities that may have some sort of involvement- without having to go to court. If the two (or more) parties involved cannot come to a mutually satisfying agreement during these negotiations, the case will be sent to trial. At this point, the person who was injured through medical malpractice, or their attorney, must file a lawsuit in the appropriate court.

Contact our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Washington DC

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very long and involved, and are very often stressful for the medical malpractice victim and their family and friends. What feels like it should be a simple matter of explaining to a judge that you went to a doctor and wound up hurt as a result of this doctor’s treatment or lack of treatment, is not usually this simple to prove in court or during preliminary negotiations. It can be difficult to clearly make your case and present your evidence in a believable way. As well, there are many steps between discovering your injury and receiving compensation.

Because of the above, it is highly recommended that you consult a medical malpractice attorney before filing your lawsuit. The trusted and accomplished medical malpractice attorneys at Cohen & Cohen can take the stress of a medical malpractice lawsuit off of your shoulders. Their experience and competence will give you excellent chances of winning your lawsuit.

Call Cohen & Cohen today for a free medical malpractice case evaluation to find out how much compensation you may be entitled to. If you are looking for an experienced medical malpractice lawyer with a proven track record of success who will also care about you and your family’s well-being throughout the process, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. today.

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