What Is Medical Malpractice In Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia?
Medical malpractice means that a health care provider did not meet the standard of care while taking care of you. And, as a result, you suffered an injury. The standard of care is really the rules doctors, hospitals and HMOs need to follow to keep their patients safe and healthy.
Your health care provider owes you this standard of care throughout the time you are under his/her care - this means from the time you first arrive at the hospital to the time you leave (and in some cases even after that). If you underwent surgery, your surgeons and the rest of the hospital staff were responsible for you before, during, and after the procedure.
So, what happens when something goes wrong? Like a surgical site infection?
Sometimes patients don't take well to surgeries, and sometimes they recover at different rates - there's nothing anyone can do about that, unfortunately. Sometimes infections just can't be avoided - they are a risk of the surgery and being in the hospital.
However, sometimes, infections are the result of negligence on the part of the surgeon or the hospital. Sometimes its caused by miscommunication before the surgery, mistakes during surgery, unsanitary surgical rooms and tools, and a host of other issues. But the most common problem with infections is that they are not detected, diagnosed and treated by the hospital in time. In other words, hospitals know infections occur - they need to test and then treat for infections. Sometimes they don't call for a specialist to consult with you - one who can diagnose and treat your infection before it causes serious harm.
Because in severe cases, an infection can be overwhelming, leading to serious health consequences like septic shock.
What Should You Do If You Have a Serious Infection After a Surgery in DC?
The first thing you should do is get information and talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney like Frank Kearney if you suspect your injury is the result of medical malpractice. He written books, guides and reports on medical malpractice to help people understand how they should be treated at hospitals and have some clear, strong information on what to do if they should ever be a victim of medical malpractice. We want to make sure that, whether you are a parent of a child experiencing medical malpractice or you've been mistreated yourself, that you have all the right information to make the best choices for yourself and your family. The best thing to do is to get educated about your rights and options.
Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are The Right Choice To Help With A Devastating Injury Like Brain Damage or Paralysis
If something has gone wrong, you need someone who understands what you and your family are going through - and how difficult life will be because of the injury, so they can help you and your family. Call us at 202-393-3320 today to speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers about your case - it's a free, no obligation call and will put you on the right track. Our track record shows that our attorneys are the ones you want to take you through a medical malpractice lawsuit.