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Doctor's negligence substantiates medical malpractice award

A 54-year-old father of two is dead after a doctor failed to notify him that a symptom he was having indicated cancer. A jury awarded 4.2 million dollars for suffering and compensation for losses to his estate. In Washington, D.C., and all over the country, negligence often plays a significant role in medical malpractice determinations.

Popular TV doctor faces medical malpractice lawsuit

Some readers in Washington, D.C. may be familiar with Dr. Younan Nowzaradan (a.k.a., Dr. Now) from the popular series "My 600-lb Life." The reality TV physician has earned widespread acclaim for his life-saving treatment of severely obese individuals, which often includes laparoscopic surgery to help them lose weight. Unfortunately, the doctor who has devoted his practice to helping people is now facing a medical malpractice lawsuit from a former patient.

Medical errors can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits

Residents in the Washington, D.C., area and others all around the country trust their physicians to accurately diagnose and treat any medical problems they may have. While doctors are human and may make mistakes, their errors can have potential life-altering effects. In fact, numerous medical malpractice lawsuits may arise from medical errors by healthcare providers.

Medical errors claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year

A study recently conducted by physicians with the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine found that medical mistakes claim over 250,000 lives each year. This makes medical errors number three on the list of leading causes of death for Americans behind heart disease and cancer; however, some claim the number is actually much higher. Medical errors also account for a large number of medical malpractice claims in Washington, D.C., and all over the United States.

Woman awarded $2.3M for medical malpractice

People in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere want to trust their physicians will exercise every level of care and professionalism as they perform procedures on their patients. Most of the time, doctors do adhere to exceptionally high standards when treating those under their care. However, sometimes mistakes happen, and patients adversely affected by negligent physicians typically have the right to seek damages through a medical malpractice claim.

Cost of hospital negligence? A teenage boy's life

Washington, D.C. residents trust in hospital medical staffs to provide knowledgeable care they need to keep them and their families healthy. In another state, that trust was apparently misplaced, and the cost of that hospital negligence was a teenage boy's life. The young man's parents filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, though the case was settled before it went to trial.

Medical malpractice case: Nursing home put profits before patient

Families in Washington, D.C., often have no choice but to entrust the care of their aging, infirm loved ones to medical professionals or trained staff at nursing home facilities. Sadly, that trust is sometimes misplaced, such as in a recent medical malpractice case in another state. The lawsuit involved a 70-year-old patient, now deceased, who suffered from broken bones, pneumonia and more, all while under the supposed "professional care" of a medical facility.

Lawsuit alleges hospital negligence led to death of infant

A recently filed lawsuit in another state involves a situation that is most every Washington, D.C. mother's worst nightmare. A woman is suing for $8 million for hospital negligence after the loss of her newborn son. She blames medical staff for the smothering death of her baby due to an unfortunate series of events involving strong medications and alleged carelessness on the part of medical staff.

$12M awarded after medication error causes brain damage

In the medical world, there are few "simple mistakes" when human lives are on the line. While it didn't occur in Washington, D.C., the details in a recent medical malpractice case are enough to strike fear into the hearts of anyone, anywhere. The lawsuit in question involved an alleged medication error by a physician fresh out of school, and his error in judgement apparently left a woman in a vegetative state.

A broken back during therapy leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

Generally speaking, the average individual has little to no medical knowledge. That's one reason patients in Washington, D.C., rely so heavily on the experience and wisdom of their health care providers; medical professionals go through years of school and training so that they can then use the skills and judgment they have developed to deliver a certain standard of care to their patients. When they fail to meet that standard and a patient suffers as a result, this negligence is considered medical malpractice.

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