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What Should You Do When You Suffer Harm from a Medical Professional?


When you are ill and you seek out the advice of a skilled healthcare professional, the last thing that you expect is to wind up worse off than before you sought medical treatment. But mistakes do happen and injuries do occur. Not all injuries or negative results are due to medical malpractice. However, when you suffer harm due to negligence or failure to treat in accordance with accepted standards, you should speak to an attorney about the possibility of bringing a malpractice lawsuit.

In the District of Columbia, you only have three years to bring your malpractice lawsuit. To put yourself in the best position possible to collect for your injuries, reach out to an attorney as soon as you can so that the process of collecting and preserving relevant information about your injury can begin.

Malpractice occurs in many areas of the medical profession.

It is not only doctors who can be liable for medical malpractice. The following types of health care providers can commit medical malpractice:

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Nurses
  • Emergency clinics
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Nurse’s aides
  • Physical therapists
  • Sex therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nursing homes
  • Psychologists
  • Chiropractors

Medical malpractice lawsuits include cases of wrongful death and injury due to surgical mistakes. Injuries to children, including birth injuries, can also fall under the purview of medical malpractice. Dentists who fail to adhere to the correct standard of care, or who improperly diagnose a condition, can be found liable for dental malpractice.

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