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Medical malpractice refers to medical care that falls short of accepted minimum standards. A doctor, a nurse, a hospital and other medical providers can all commit malpractice. Malpractice can arise due to treatment provided; omissions or lapses in treatment; or other deviations from accepted medical care standards.
Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences, and patients can be seriously harmed as a result of medical negligence. In some cases, a person may be killed as a result of a medical error or lapse, while in other instances the patient may experience lifelong injury. Medical errors can necessitate expensive treatments that would otherwise not be necessary and can seriously diminish earning potential and quality of life.
When medical malpractice occurs, a claim can be made against the medical provider or the health care facility that was responsible for the medical negligence. At the Abelson Law Firm, our dedicated and experienced medical malpractice attorneys have represented clients throughout Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas.
About Medical Malpractice Claims
All health care providers are expected to provide a basic level of care, and all health care facilities are expected to be reasonable in terms of their policies and procedures for patient protection. Because doctors and other health care practitioners provide a professional service, they are held to a “professional” standard, which means that their behavior is judged in light of what a reasonable professional in their position would do.
In any case where a doctor, nurse, dentist, psychiatrist, chiropractor, hospital, podiatrist or other medical provider does something that falls below the reasonable standard of care, then that professional could be considered negligent. Negligence can lead to a medical malpractice claim if it was the direct cause of harm.
Medical malpractice claims can occur after many different lapses and medical mistakes. At the Abelson Law Firm, we have represented clients in a wide variety of situations involving medical negligence. A few examples of malpractice claims our firm can handle include claims arising as a result of:
- A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis
- An anesthesia mistake
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries that occur as a result of inadequate prenatal or postnatal care or that occur during labor and delivery
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Medication mistakes, including improperly prescribed medications, improperly dispensed medications and administration of incorrect doses.
Our medical malpractice attorneys can review your case to help you determine whether a mistake was made and if the health care provider can be considered negligent.
Once you have demonstrated negligence, it also becomes important to show you suffered some kind of injury or harm due to the negligence. For example, if a doctor made a mistake but it didn’t change the ultimate outcome of your treatment, then you probably cannot recover compensation for medical malpractice. On the other hand, if a medical error led to more expensive treatment or made your condition worse, then you could have a case and might be entitled to recover compensation for the economic and noneconomic losses you endured.
Proving that the negligence caused harm can be one of the trickiest parts of bringing a malpractice claim. At the Abelson Law Firm, we can help you to get expert opinions, find expert witnesses and prove conclusively that your doctor or health care provider failed you.
Compensation in Medical Malpractice Claims
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys aim to obtain the maximum compensation possible for medical malpractice victims. This may be obtained through negotiation of an out-of-court settlement or through courtroom litigation. Compensation could cover your medical costs, lost wages/income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. You could also be entitled to recover compensation for the cost of ongoing medical care that you may require for life and any reduction in earning power in the future.
In some cases, medical malpractice results in the death of the patient. In these instances, families are left to struggle with the grief of a lost loved one at the same time they are facing financial complications caused by the death. The medical malpractice lawyers at the Abelson Law Firm can represent the family members of the deceased in a wrongful death claim to obtain benefits for funeral costs, loss of companionship and the loss of financial contributions from the deceased.
In every medical malpractice case, we aim to make sure that all of our client’s needs are met. This means not just providing skilled legal service but also connecting you with the necessary medical providers, vocational counselors and long-term care or life care planning professionals.
Get Help From Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today
If you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, your immediate goal should be getting medical help to recover from the trauma. You should also focus on getting legal help right away to protect your legal rights.
At the Abelson Law Firm, we’ll focus on your legal needs so you can focus on your medical ones. Contact us online or by phone at 202-331-0600 or toll free at 1-888-797-4242 for a free consultation.