After a life changing injury in a DC hospital, how do you know whether you have a medical malpractice case and how do you start the process? How do you even begin?
Taking the first steps in a DC medical malpractice case
The first thing you can do, even before calling a lawyer, is getting your medical records, the x-ray images, scans, fetal heart monitoring strips - all of the information the hospital has on you (this can usually be done by requesting the electronic medical records on a cd - call us at (202) 393-3320 if you need a form letter for this).
Get everything from all of the doctors you are seeing for your injuries or medical condition. Document your needs as best you can - if you can't walk due to your injuries, take pictures and videos of your home because it will probably have to be modified so it can be handicap accessible. Same with your car and activities you used to do a lot. Save pictures and videos from before you got hurt.
You will need the best DC medical malpractice lawyer for your family and your case
When someone calls us with a minor car accident case or work injury, we often tell them they don't even need a lawyer, they can do it themselves.
Medical malpractice is much different.
Honestly, you just can't do it alone - we've represented lawyers with children who were seriously injured in a hospital. Really smart people, they didn't have the specialized knowledge and experience to handle the case.
We can help with that - just read our Patient's Guide to Med Mal, or Picking Up the Pieces: A Parent's Guide to Medical Malpractice, or download our free assessment, a checklist and questions for any lawyer you're considering to handle your medical malpractice case. Make sure you can trust him.
The initial investigation of your medical malpractice case
We analyze all of the information - starting with your needs, what you want to do, how you are coping - and we formulate a plan with you (we're different from other lawyers that you see on TV, the internet, the Yellow Pages). Once we get to know your needs, we get to work.
And after analyzing everything, we select expert witnesses (usually doctors in multiple specialties because of the complexity of the medical care and injuries involved). We provide everything to the best experts to get their opinions on the patient safety rules that apply, whether the hospital broke those rules, whether that caused your harms and injuries.
We prepare all of the damages (the harms and losses you suffered from the injuries should be quantified) with additional experts and evidence. And we send it all to the hospital so they can assess everything.
Do you need to file a medical malpractice case or will they settle?
We plan on filing our cases (and we're different than other lawyers on this as well...). So the next step is to give the hospital notice under the correct statute, as required by DC law (some lawyers who advertise for medical malpractice cases don't even know this!).
So get more information on the process, how it works, and what the best medical malpractice lawyer for you and your family can do to make a huge difference in your life.
But don't wait - these cases have time limits and we won't touch them if they are close to the statute of limitations.