Washington DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Qualified Washington, D.C. Medical Malpractice AttorneyIf you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as the result of substandard medical care, a medical malpractice lawyer can help you receive compensation for those injuries. While not every course of medical treatment has the desired outcome, health care professionals and physicians must provide their patients with a level of care that meets professional standards.
According to the American Association for Justice, preventable medical errors would rank sixth among causes of death nationwide if it where consolidated and considered in that set of statistics. That means that preventable medical issues kill more people each year than Diabetes and just a few thousand less than accidents. That doesn't even take into account the number of people who are seriously injured each year because of preventable medical issues.
Failure to meet this standard level of care can leave patients with illness or personal injury that could have been avoided. In the event that inadequate medical care leads to the death of the patient, a Washington DC medical malpractice attorney can help surviving loved ones pursue a wrongful death claim. The experienced medical malpractice lawyers with the law firm of Price Benowitz LLP handle a full range of malpractice claims including:
- Prescription errors
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Surgical injury
- Brain Injury
- Medical equipment malfunction
- Birth trauma
- Radiology error
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Emergency room error
- Wrongful Death
All medical treatment and procedures have inherent risks. If a physician fails to inform you of those risks, and you sustain an injury as a result of the procedure, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
When you seek medical care, you should have a reasonable expectation that you will receive adequate health care. If your treatment leaves you with injury or illness that could have been prevented through proper care, you should seek advice from a qualified Washington DC medical malpractice lawyer. For more information on medical malpractice, call (202) 600-9400 to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer in Washington DC. Our attorneys in Maryland and Virginia can also help you with a medical malpractice claim in those areas.
Statute Of Limitations
If you have been injured, and you feel as though it was the result of negligence or error on the part of a medical caregiver, it is important that you schedule a free consultation with an attorney as soon as possible. Not only will that give your attorney the best possible chance of getting benefits, but it is also important that you don't miss the District of Columbia's statute of limitations on these cases. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you have only three years to bring a claim.
It is important to note as well that you have to bring something called "inquiry notice" which has a very specific level of standards. According to S12-301 of the District of Columbia Code, inquiry notice is considered, "investigating matters affecting one's affairs such that an investigation would have led to the uncovering of these three factors." For more information about this statute, contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Washington, DC.
From state to state, there are two different ways to look at medical malpractice and other accident cases. States either subscribe to contributory or comparative negligence, and which one they chose to believe will go a long way toward determining what type of case will eventually be successful in their court rooms.
The District of Columbia uses Contributory Negligence to decide their cases, which means that if the victim can be considered even 1% responsible for the incident, they will not be eligible to receive damages. This makes it difficult to understand which types of claims will eventually prove successful, so we recommend that if you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you contact on of the attorneys with our firm that will help you determine the best course of action moving forward.