When I meet someone new or go to a party, I get asked about what I do. What's the short answer? We represent people harmed by the medical system because a hospital, HMO or doctor didn't follow the rules.
But the real question is Why do we do it?
Long hours, lots of risk and expense, complex medicine and science to learn, travel - there are probably easier ways to make a living...but if you can get past all of that, few are as rewarding, as I was reminded when talking to a former client recently.
Here are the words of a mom we represented in a case against a D.C. hospital after her case settled:
My son was born prematurely in 2005. I was told that he would not survive but I couldn’t – I wouldn’t - believe that. This was my child and I would do anything for him to survive. He was born with Chronic Lung Disease, which means that his lungs were underdeveloped and it was very hard for him to breathe. Read more...
And since that time, she and her son are doing even better. What did our medical malpractice case achieve for this family?
A great house in a suburban neighborhood and county with access to programs and schools that will help her son.
A car so that he doesn't have to rely on public transportation to get around.
An income for him to fall back on, just in case his condition causes difficulties when he's older.
Peace of mind. Security. Less worry.
There's your answer - that's what it's all about.