When you seek medical attention, you trust that your doctor will treat you honestly and to the best of his or her ability. Thankfully, this is usually the case. For the most part, doctors are smart, hard-working and well-intentioned people. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors are negligent, and people are injured or their condition worsens as a result. This is an extremely unfortunate situation, and not to mention very unsettling. This is why you must speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What constitutes medical malpractice?
Generally, if a physician owed you a duty of care, failed to conform to the accepted standard of practice, neglected the standard of care while doing so and you were injured as a result, you will have valid grounds to file a claim. Unfortunately, doctors have several defenses at their disposal when fighting medical malpractice claims. For example, if a doctor prescribes an unconventional method of treatment and your condition worsens as a result, you may not have a claim for medical malpractice if the physician proves a “respectable minority” of practitioners support this line of treatment. Medical malpractice cases are generally lengthy and therefore costly, so you must consult with a knowledgeable attorney before proceeding, as the cost of the case may be more than your eventual recovery. To recover compensation, you will most likely have to prove your disability, loss of income, past and future medical bills, suffering, and/or unusual pain.
What are some examples of negligent physician behavior?
Since there are so many variables from patient to patient, there are many different ways a physician could behave negligently. Some of those actions include, but are not limited to:
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Premature discharge
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Unnecessary surgery
- Hospital infections
- Delayed diagnosis
- Disregarding or not accepting appropriate patient history
- Improper medication or dosage
- Failure to order proper testing
- Anesthesia errors
Contact our Washington D.C. firm
If you are the victim of a medical malpractice incident, you most likely feel betrayed, or bewildered that a doctor could be so careless with another human being’s health. This is why you must contact an experienced attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights in court. If you recover compensation, you may put it towards medical bills, in-home care, and more.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.