Anytime a doctor is negligent in his or her duties, and the result is physical pain, mental anguish, further medical expenses, and lost income, you may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice.
However, laws differ from state to state, and there are quite a few gray areas when it comes to proving medical malpractice. That’s why you need an experienced malpractice lawyer to handle your case. The attorneys at the Lapidus Law Firm will:
- Investigate everything that occurred medically before and after the malpractice event.
- Obtain your medical records.
- Assemble a legal/medical team to investigate your case.
- Pursue a fair, reasonable settlement for your injuries; we’ll also handle all of the litigation should your case get to that point.
- Keep you updated and informed throughout the entire process.
What Types of Malpractice Are There?
Most malpractice claims fall into a few different categories, some of which include:
- Improper treatment: If your physician treats an illness or injury in a way that no competent doctor would, that can be considered malpractice. Or, if a chooses the right treatment but errs in administering it properly, that may also be considered medical malpractice.
- Failure to diagnose: Again, filing a malpractice claim will most likely come down to competence. If your doctor misses a diagnosis (or makes an incorrect diagnosis) that any other reasonably competent physician would identify, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
- Failure to alert a patient of known risks: Duty of informed consent is a doctor’s duty to warn a patient of all known risks before a procedure or treatment. This is another complicated area, so having the best malpractice lawyers in DC by your side is a smart decision.
- Surgical Malpractice: amputating the wrong body part; committing a surgical error that was avoidable, operating outside the area designated for the operation.
- Failure to Refer to a Medical Specialist: Complex medical problems require the attention of doctors who sub-specialize. Orthopedic and pediatric physicians often will specialize in a body part or type of uncommon disease process. In complex and uncommon medical cases, the law will require a generalist to consult with or refer out to a specialist physician. Some physicians are trained to read diagnostic test which non-specialists are not qualified to do. Only a neurologist, for example , can read an EEG, which measures brain waves.
DC Malpractice Lawyers
Filing a medical malpractice claim requires expert lawyers who are skilled in the area of medical malpractice. And you’re in the right place because the DC Malpractice Lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm have decades of experience with these types of claims.
Call us today at (202) 785-5111 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.