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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accurate and timely diagnoses are essential for patients in Washington, D.C. Despite this, a significant number of patients nationwide report having experienced medical errors when seeking treatment. This type of widespread medical malpractice is especially disconcerting when health care providers refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.
Imagine undergoing surgery only to awaken in a worse physical condition than before. In a case that blurs the lines between product liability and medical malpractice, a couple has recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the wife suffered injuries during an eye surgery due to the equipment used. While the surgery didn't occur in Washington, D.C., the scenario is one that could easily have happened in an operating room anywhere in the country.
With hundreds, if not thousands of patients across the country requiring hospitalization on a daily basis, Washington, D.C. residents have the right to expect a certain standard of care from a medical staff. Unfortunately, this trust in health care professionals is sometimes misplaced. In a nearby state, a couple has recently filed a lawsuit alleging physician and hospital negligence.
Whether in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere in the country, patients rightly expect their doctors to give them the care they need to stay healthy. A timely diagnosis can make all the difference in receiving necessary treatments, and with the faith most individuals place in modern medicine, it's difficult to imagine anyone being forced to repeatedly seek medical treatments without ever receiving a correct diagnosis. How tragic, then, to imagine seeing doctors for months because of severe pain and other problems only to eventually be told of a fatal illness after it is too late. Sadly, this is exactly what a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit is alleging occurred.