Medical Malpractice in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

When we seek medical help, we trust that our doctors and nurses will take good care of us and look out for our best interests. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is human to make mistakes, but sometimes, these mistakes can be negligent and can result in serious harm. If this occurs, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about medical malpractice in Washington D.C.

Common examples of medical malpractice:

Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Birth injuries to children and/or mothers
  • Cancer misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose/promptly treat cancer
  • Failure to identify and promptly treat a heart attack or stroke
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors and anesthesiology negligence
  • Emergency room errors and negligence
  • Nursing home malpractice and negligence, including pressure sores and sepsis

How do you prove medical malpractice?

If you believe you were a victim of medical malpractice, you will have to provide proof. To prove your claim, you will have to provide evidence of the following:

  • The doctor owed a duty of care
  • The doctor diverted from the standard course of treatment
  • The breach of their duty of care directly resulted in the worsening of the medical condition and subsequent suffering

This can be difficult to prove, so it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who will advocate for you every step of the way.

What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Washington D.C.?

In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within three years, you will forfeit your right to take legal action. Three years may sound like a long time, but it is easy to let important deadlines slip by when you are recovering from a serious injury or accident. To avoid this, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.

If you are a victim of medical negligence, you may suffer physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Our firm will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. Reach out today to discuss your case.


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.