When DC residents go to the doctor or hospital, they expect the medical diagnosis and treatment they receive will be appropriate for their medical condition and will help them get better. Unfortunately, some patients instead suffer harm due to substandard medical care from individuals entrusted to provide them with the necessary care.

Suppose you have been seriously injured or have lost a family member in an untimely death and you believe substandard medical care was to blame. In that case, a DC medical malpractice attorney at The Valente Law Group can help review the facts and evaluate your options.

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Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

Patients may have a medical malpractice claim if they suffered serious harm or if a serious condition worsens because a health-care provider fails to provide a specific standard of care. Medical malpractice claims often arise from:

  • Delayed Diagnosis: A doctor’s initial diagnosis may be incorrect because he or she failed to order standard diagnostic tests or misread the results, allowing a disease such as cancer time to spread undetected. Although doctors may later correct their initial diagnosis, it may be too late to manage a fatal illness.
  • Misdiagnosis: A more common occurrence in medical malpractice cases, doctors may fail to diagnose their patients correctly. There may be a basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit based on misdiagnosis if it can be shown that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care that other professionals would have provided under similar circumstances.
  • Birth Injury: From obstetricians failing to provide adequate prenatal care to failure to anticipate complications of a high-risk pregnancy to preventable injuries caused during delivery, birthing injuries can cause the mother or the baby harm.
  • Surgical Errors: While not all surgery-related errors qualify as negligence, those where too much or too little anesthesia was administered, the wrong part of the body was operated on, or surgical tools were left inside the person may support a medical negligence claim.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At The Valente Law Group, we’ve been helping medical malpractice victims in DC recover fair and just compensation when eligible. It takes a knowledgeable and skilled attorney to review each personal injury case to take proper action thoroughly.

If you or someone you love has suffered from improper medical care, the attorneys at The Valente Law Group invite you to share the details of your case.