5 Myths About Medical Malpractice in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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Posted on Aug 08, 2014

There is a lot of misinformation available about medical malpractice in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia

You may have seen or heard this definition of medical malpractice: "professional neglect by act of omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the standard of practice in the medical community" (www.dictionary.com).

What does that mean in English?

That a doctor, nurse or hospital didn't follow established patient safety rules and because of that a patient was seriously hurt or died.

It can be as simple as a doctor not reading a test report, a nurse not following up, or a hospital not having a system to make sure MRIs are reviewed before a patient is discharged.

Still, there are many misconceptions about medical malpractice when it comes to filing a claim.  A report compiled by the American Association for Justice outlined some of the most common myths about medical malpractice.

Top medical malpractice myths:

  1. There are too many "frivolous" malpractice lawsuits
  2. Malpractice claims drive up health care costs
  3. Doctors are fleeing (the state, area or profession)
  4. Malpractice claims drive up doctors' premiums
  5. Tort reform will lower insurance rates

The cost of medical malpractice claims only represent a small fraction of health care costs. Medical malpractice claims are also not the cause of doctors' premiums. In fact, there is no direct correlation between either of these myths and medical malpractice.

Trust our experienced medical malpractice lawyers to help you decide whether or not you have a case in DC, Maryland, or Virginia

At the end of the day, you cannot believe everything you hear. More importantly, if you have questions about medical malpractice and medical malpractice claims, just ask us.  All we do is help patients and families in cases where they have been harmed by the medical system in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  We've probably helped someone dealing with the same concerns and worries that you have after a medical mistake.

Just call us at (202) 393 - 3320.  There is no obligation and the call is free.  Plus, you'll get free information you can use right away.

 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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