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Know your rights for medical malpractice cases

For anyone who has a medical ailment, going to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment is usually one of the first things that comes to mind. If you sought treatment from a medical professional and didn't get the diagnosis or treatment plan you needed, your thoughts might turn to the "what ifs." What if the missed diagnosis made your ailment worse? What if the incorrect treatment plan leads to lasting harm? What if the inappropriate prescription caused more harm than good?

If you are facing those "what ifs," you may decide to take action to hold the medical professional accountable. One way of doing this is through a medical malpractice lawsuit. These lawsuits are complex cases that require expert testimony and clear evidence that the diagnosis could have been made with proper testing or that treatment prescribed wasn't within the widely accepted standard of care.

Any patient who has been harmed by a medical professional's negligence, misdiagnosis or improper treatment should explore their rights to seek compensation through a civil trial. Knowing all aspects of the Washington, District of Columbia, laws pertaining to your case can be very difficult, so having someone on your side with knowledge and experience can make the process easier.

As the case progresses, it will become necessary to prove that the defense's claims aren't valid, which necessitates expert testimony. This expert testimony can also help to establish the case for compensation for damages caused by the medical malpractice. Having the experts and tools handy to prove points might be the piece of compelling evidence that can turn the tables in your favor.

Source: Fay Law Group, P.A., "Medical Malpractice" Aug. 25, 2014

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