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:
- You were legally owed a service because the hospital or healthcare provider took you on as a patient
- You experienced damage and the damage you experienced was the direct result of the failure to provide adequate service
- The provider failed to provide the medically acceptable standard of care
- 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.