Our country has some of the brightest, most dependable doctors in the world. However, if you were involved in an unfortunate incident of medical malpractice, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Here are some of the questions you may have about filing a lawsuit against a negligent physician:
What is medical malpractice?
Proving medical malpractice is not always easy, which is why you must hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. To recover financial compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained due to a negligent physician, you will have to prove the following:
- That you were indeed a patient of the medical professional, and that he or she, therefore, owed you a duty of care
- That the physician failed to conform to the accepted standard of practice, essentially meaning he or she acted unconventionally or prescribed an unconventional course of treatment
- That you were injured or your condition had severely worsened as a result of the treatment, and that you suffered significant damages
Unfortunately, physicians will very often hire expert legal counsel to keep their right to practice, so you must do the same. There are many potential defenses against a medical malpractice claim, such as the “respectable minority” rule. This rule states that if a physician can prove that a respectable minority of practitioners support or would have prescribed the line of treatment your physician chose, you may lose out on financial compensation.
To prove your claim, your attorney will present various types of evidence and demonstrate that you have suffered significant damages as a result of the medical professional’s negligence. To win a medical malpractice claim, your attorney must prove that you are suffering from a disability of some sort, that you are losing income due to present inability to work, that you have significant past or future medical bills, and/or that you are suffering in some way.
How can a physician behave negligently?
Some of the most common, and also the most disturbing forms of medical malpractice are as follows:
- Improper medication
- Failing to order proper testing
- Anesthesia errors
- Misreading laboratory results
- Failing to recognize symptoms
- Failing to diagnose
- Premature discharge
- Surgical errors
- Unnecessary surgery
- Hospital infections
- Delayed diagnosis
If you are now suffering because a medical professional has taken any of the aforementioned actions, there is a very good chance you can file a successful lawsuit. All you have to do is reach out to our firm.
Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm
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.