If a doctor, nurse, dentist or other licensed healthcare provider has failed to provide proper treatment or care to you or a loved one, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Serrano PC medical malpractice lawyers have the skills and experience required to manage complex cases involving medical negligence. Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case at 202-330-6290.
We’ll Help Straighten Things Out
We aggressively represent victims of medical malpractice to obtain the compensation our clients deserve for injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Serrano PC will aggressively negotiate on your behalf and pursue your goals in the courtroom. We have the skills and experience to take your case to court if you do not receive the out of court result you deserve.
Medical Malpractice in Washington DC and Maryland
Not all medical mistakes or errors amount to medical malpractice or negligence. Serrano PC works closely with highly qualified medical experts to help evaluate your case and develop an effective strategy. A skilled attorney will determine if a medical professional failed to perform duties that met the standard of care.
Our firm has handled large cases that require synthesizing voluminous amounts of information in a short period of time. We have the experience to guide clients through these complex cases.
What Are Some Common Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Many medical malpractice claims involve the following:
•Failure to Diagnose
•Prescription Drug Error
•Plastic Surgery Errors
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HOSPITAL DUMPS PATIENT OUT OF WHEELCHAIR ONTO STREET
A patient was unceremoniously discharged from Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Rather than ensuring her safe return home, the patient was dumped from a wheelchair and left lying on the ground outside the hospital. According to news reports, the hospital has paid out $27 million in medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits since 2007. It is no wonder. Click here for the full article.
FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE
A recent study by BMJ Quality & Safety, a publication of the British Medical Journal, found that most successful malpractice claims were based upon a diagnostic error committed by a medical professional. While many of us first think of cringe-inducing surgical nightmares, including amputations of a healthy leg, the misplaced sponge or surgical tool left in a patient’s body, or an error in prescribing medication as the main cause of medical malpractice claims, it turns out that a failure to properly diagnose a condition is the number one type of a successful malpractice case. The study conducted by BMJ makes clear that incorrect diagnoses made up 29 percent of successful malpractice lawsuits. In addition, claims involving a misdiagnosis caused 39 percent of malpractice-related deaths.
The study examined 350,000 malpractice cases from 1986 to 2010 and here is a breakdown of the types of medical errors which resulted in successful malpractice claims:
- Diagnostic – 29%
- Treatment – 27%
- Surgical – 24%
- Obstetrical – 7%
- Medication -5%
- Anesthesia -3%
So the next time you think your doctor is not as proactive as you would like, get a second opinion. If the doctor offering a second opinion is equally non-proactive, get a third opinion. Keep searching until your doctor is as proactive as you are in raising a concern, in asking and answering questions, and in considering solutions. If your doctor is not a great communicator, find one that is. A good doctor should encourage questions and provide thoughtful answers.
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