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Medical malpractice refers to medical care that falls short of accepted minimum standards. A doctor, a nurse, a hospital and other medical providers can all commit malpractice. Malpractice can arise due to:

  • Treatment provided
  • Omissions or lapses in treatment
  • Other deviations from accepted medical care standards

Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences, and patients can be seriously harmed as a result of medical negligence. In some cases, a person may be killed as a result of a medical error or lapse, while in other instances the patient may experience lifelong injury. Medical errors can necessitate expensive treatments that would otherwise not be necessary and can seriously diminish earning potential and quality of life.

When medical malpractice occurs, a claim can be made against the medical provider or the health care facility that was responsible for the medical negligence. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to significant compensation for their injuries and losses. At The Abelson Law Firm, our dedicated and experienced medical malpractice attorneys have represented clients throughout Washington DC and surrounding areas of Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Contact us now for a free claim review and advice about your best legal options for pursuing compensation.

Why You Should Choose The Abelson Law Firm for Your Medical Malpractice Case

If you or a loved one has been harmed by negligent medical care in the Washington DC area, you can rely on Attorney Michael Abelson to seek justice on your behalf in a medical malpractice case.

The principles that guide the medical malpractice law practice of The Abelson Law Firm include:

Speak plain English: Mr. Abelson explains complex legal issues in clear language so that you will understand what is happening at each step in the legal process.

Seek maximum financial compensation: Attorney Abelson’s reputation for success at trial often leads to just and fair out-of-court settlements.

Retain respected experts: The Abelson Law Firm utilizes the acumen and know-how of a broad range of experts nationwide. Michael Cohen, M.D., reviews medical records and identifies qualified medical experts. Depending on the case, Mr. Abelson may also retain other renowned experts to analyze evidence and provide authoritative testimony

Maintain the highest standards of legal practice and professional ethics: Mr. Abelson has been honored by The Washington DC Trial Lawyers Association as “The Washington DC Lawyer of the Year.” Washingtonian Magazine has honored him as among “The Cream of the Legal Establishment.” Mr. Abelson has received the highest rating available in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review attorney rating system — “AV Preeminent.”

Provide effective representation in challenging cases: Mr. Abelson offers intelligent and effective legal representation in complex cases, including those involving medical malpractice. The Abelson Law Firm has the resources, knowledge and legal skill to achieve positive outcomes for victims of medical negligence.

How to Determine If Medical Negligence Caused Your Injury

In any case where a medical provider does something that falls below the reasonable standard of care, then that professional could be considered negligent. Negligence can lead to a medical malpractice claim if it was the direct cause of harm.

Some examples of medical providers who could be responsible for medical malpractice include:

  • Doctor
  • Chiropractor
  • Nurse
  • Hospital
  • Dentist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Other health care providers

Medical malpractice claims can occur after many different lapses and medical mistakes. At The Abelson Law Firm, we have represented clients in a wide variety of situations involving medical negligence. A few examples of malpractice claims our firm can handle include claims arising as a result of:

Attorney Mike Abelson can review your case to help you determine whether a mistake was made and if the health care provider can be considered negligent.

Once you have demonstrated negligence, it also becomes important to show you suffered some kind of injury or harm due to the negligence. For example, if a doctor made a mistake but it didn’t change the ultimate outcome of your treatment, then you probably cannot recover compensation for medical malpractice. On the other hand, if a medical error led to more expensive treatment or made your condition worse, then you could have a case and might be entitled to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you endured.

Proving that the negligence caused harm can be one of the trickiest parts of bringing a malpractice claim. At the Abelson Law Firm, we can help you to get expert opinions, find expert witnesses and prove conclusively that your doctor or health care provider failed you.

Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions

Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose a serious medical condition are among the most serious – and most common – forms of medical malpractice. Many medical conditions require a timely and correct diagnosis in order to effectively treat the illness. Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals frequently fail to make a prompt and proper diagnosis, which may result in serious medical complications and even fatalities that could have been avoided.

Virtually any type of medical condition could be misdiagnosed, diagnosed too late or not diagnosed at all. Some of the most common diseases that are the subject of negligent diagnosis errors include:

•     Cancer
•     Appendicitis
•     Stroke
•     Lyme disease
•     Heart attack
•     Diabetes
•     Pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lung)
•     Lupus
•     Sepsis (infection)
•     Parkinson's disease
•     Meningitis

How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?

Developing a medical malpractice claim typically involves a thorough review of the patient’s medical records. The Abelson Law Firm frequently works with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to detect evidence of negligent medical errors in a patient’s records.

For example, the Abelson Law Firm often calls on the services of renowned medical consultant Dr. Michael Cohen, M.D., to evaluate medical malpractice claims. Dr. Cohen is a board-certified physician, and he often assists clients of the Abelson Law Firm as they seek proper medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Medical malpractice claims are among the most highly contested legal actions. Doctors, hospitals and other negligent health care providers – as well as their insurance companies – employ teams of lawyer to represent their interests. That is why it is critical for injured patients and their families to work with a law firm that has the resources necessary to build a strong legal case and pursue it at the negotiating table and in the courtroom if necessary. The Abelson Law Firm has the experience and medical competence to prove medical malpractice led to a negative health consequence.

Compensation Available for Victims and Their Families in Medical Malpractice Claims

Our dedicated medical malpractice lawyer aims to obtain the maximum compensation possible for medical malpractice victims. This may be obtained through negotiation of an out-of-court settlement or through courtroom litigation.

Compensation could cover:

      Medical costs
      Pain and suffering
      Lost wages and income
      Emotional distress

You could also be entitled to recover compensation for the cost of ongoing medical care that you may require for life and any reduction in earning power in the future.

In some cases, medical malpractice results in the death of the patient. In these instances, families are left to struggle with the grief of a lost loved one at the same time they are facing financial complications caused by the death. The malpractice lawyer at The Abelson Law Firm can represent the family members of the deceased in a wrongful death claim to obtain benefits for funeral costs, loss of companionship and the loss of financial contributions from the deceased.

In every medical malpractice case, we aim to make sure that all of our client’s needs are met. This means not just providing skilled legal service but also connecting you with the necessary medical providers, vocational counselors and long-term care or life care planning professionals.

Get Help From Our Washington DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, your immediate goal should be getting medical help to recover from the trauma. You should also focus on getting legal help right away to protect your legal rights.

At The Abelson Law Firm, we’ll focus on your legal needs so you can focus on your medical ones. Contact us online for a free consultation.

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