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Five Reasons to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

When a patient suffers an injury or illness caused by careless or negligent medical treatment, he / she has the right to seek financial compensation. The term “medical malpractice” refers to negligence committed by a doctor, surgeon, or other member or the medical profession. Defective medical devices and manufacturing errors are responsible for some malpractice lawsuits, but others are the result of actual mistakes and misconduct on the part of doctors.

Here are a few of the most common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States:

  • Abnormal Injuries: Side effects – even injuries – are expected during certain medical procedures and treatments. On the other hand, abnormal and preventable injuries can lead to serious medical complications, risks, and even death.
  • Informed Consent: Your doctor must obtain informed consent to administer medical treatment. If a doctor fails to provide the information you need about the risks associated with your treatment, you may be able to file suit for any damages linked to this oversight.
  • Failed to Provide Treatment: Once the doctor obtains informed consent, he / she is obligated to provide the treatment you accepted. Malpractice occurs when a doctors provides medical treatment that is outside of the “professional accepted standard.”
  • Facility Maintenance: Hospital (and other facility) maintenance affects the quality of treatment you receive. If a poorly maintained facility or piece of equipment caused your injury or illness, you can seek financial compensation for your damages.
  • Safety Procedures: Doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other professionals are obligated to protect patients by implementing safety standards. When these standards are ignored, patients can suffer serious injuries, infections, and more.

When to Contact a Lawyer About Your Case

If you suspect that you have a medical malpractice case, speak with a Washington, DC personal injury lawyer from Simeone & Miller, LLP today. We are committed to providing aggressive and effective legal representation for injury victims throughout the Washington, DC area. Our highly rated team is ready to listen to your case, so call our office and schedule a consultation.