If you've had a devastating injury or death in the family because of medical mistakes, what is the next step?
Once we've listened to you and helped you determine how a lawsuit can help you and your family, we break it down like this:
First, you have to get all of the medical records - everything - the hospital records, radiology records, labs, consultant notes, the actual images of any tests you had, like MRIs, x-rays, sonograms. We can help you get all of the medical records, of course.
Second, we review everything thoroughly, doing our own independent analysis and medical research (and we share all of this with you, usually asking a few more questions and doing a lot of listening).
Third, we send the records to expert physicians and nurses who can give us their independent, professional analysis and opinions.
Here's a for-instance:
Let's say you have a child with cerebral palsy and you think it was caused at birth because the doctor delayed the delivery, or there was an infection that wasn't diagnosed and treated, or the residents didn't communicate everything to the attending doctor (yes, this happens).
The expert physicians reviewing your medical malpractice case would have different specialties - OB-GYN, neonatology, pediatric neurology, etc. - to review all of the medical care you and your baby received, but from different angles.
How do you actually sue a doctor or hospital for medical malpractice in DC?