Medical Mistake & Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia
Medical malpractice lawyers in Washington, D.C. Maryland, and Virginia 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.