If a patient was injured in the hospital, how do you prove a medical malpractice case against a hospital in D.C.?
In medical malpractice cases in the District of Columbia, hospitals owe the same duty of care to their patients as doctors, HMOs and other health care providers. They cannot violate patient safety rules. And when a hospital employee - a doctor, nurse, resident, etc. commits medical malpractice, the hospital is responsible.
Other times, there may be communication errors or system failures that cause a patient to "fall through the cracks." For example, a radiologist does not communicate MRI findings to the doctor who ordered the patients test, or there is no system for checking the amount and type of medication a patient should get.
If you think you have a medical malpractice case against a hospital in D.C., an experienced D.C. medical malpractice attorney will also review the actions of attending physicians and specialists who may not be employed by the hospital and would need to be separate defendants in any medical malpractice case.