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What are some common medical malpractice questions?

When you're looking into filing a medical malpractice claim in Washington, D.C., you need to understand several things. First of all, you need to be able to prove that medical negligence, abuse or malpractice took place. This can be done with the help of other doctors in the field and by showing your medical information to the courts. Once you think you're ready to head to court, consider these commonly asked questions.

Is being unhappy with the outcome of your surgery enough to claim medical malpractice? Unwanted results don't mean that you've suffered medical malpractice, but it could be a sign in some cases. You'll need to be able to show injuries or damages you've suffered that were not expected, and you need to show that the doctor deviated from the appropriate standard of care.

If you think you have a medical malpractice case, what do you do? Speaking with someone familiar with malpractice law can help, as you can talk through your case's facts and determine if you have a chance of succeeding by filing a case. If you can show an error, lack of informed consent or show that a doctor performed a surgery incorrectly, then your case may be strong enough to head to court.

What do you do if your medication was experimental and you didn't know? It's against the law for doctors to give you medications as part of experiments unless you agree to participate in said experiment. By not telling you about it, you have grounds for a case. These are just a few of the situations you could run into, and it's important that you seek help to determine if you have a case. Regardless of the situation, you have a limited amount of time to file.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Malpractice Claim FAQ" accessed Feb. 10, 2015

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