The best medical malpractice attorneys know that every case involving a hospital, HMO or doctor is different - and every patient affected has different harms and losses - different levels of functioning, lost income, medical care needs, etc.
There are tips we've learned over the last 20 years or so that will help make your case successful in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Remember, the goal of any malpractice case is to help the patient who has been harmed - to take care of him as best you can. Sometimes, that's taking care of family finances if the patient died, or it may be providing for home renovations of a patient who is now paralyzed, or nursing care for a patient with cerebral palsy or a brain injury.
These are general tips for a medical malpractice case that helps us as lawyers:
1. Get to an experienced lawyer early in the process. Malpractice cases take time to evaluate and investigate and we won't take a case if the statute of limitations is coming up soon.
2. The best attorneys want all the information - so give it to us. Tell us everything about the medical event, the patient's underlying medical conditions, the harm caused, the treatment and hospitals involved. The more we know, the better we'll be able to assess your situation for you.
3. Do your absolute best for the patient who was affected by medical malpractice. Get all of the therapy and treatment needed and see all of the specialists and consultants the injuries or condition requires. If a child was affected by medical malpractice, order a copy of our free guide, Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves: A Parent's Guide to Resources.
Successful medical malpractice cases are all about the relationship you have with your lawyer - these tips will help start that relationship off so we can get to work helping you and your family. And remember tip number 1 - don't delay. Take action. If you suspect medical malpractice caused a serious injury or damage, get answers so you can help your loved one the help and care that they deserve NOW.