doctor-negligence

Washington D.C. attorneys fight for the rights of doctor negligence victims

Negligence is a legal term that refers to a person’s reckless or careless actions that cause harm to another person. In reference to medical malpractice, “doctor negligence” means that the doctor failed to adhere to certain standards of care that other competent doctors would reasonably adhere to. Doctors who make medical mistakes can cause a multitude of injuries to patients, from brain damage to death.

Schochor, Federico and Staton has handled cases of medical malpractice in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland region. Our attorneys have recovered more than one billion dollars for our clients during our firm’s 30-year existence. With a team of board certified medical experts, a large support staff, and a group of highly qualified attorneys who focus solely in medical malpractice, Schochor, Federico and Staton is the firm to turn to in times of legal crisis. If you suspect your doctor is guilty of negligence, contact our firm today.

What is considered doctor negligence?

A doctor who performs a negligent act—or negligently fails to act—could otherwise be a fine physician who made a mistake. Negligence does not necessarily equal incompetence. You may have even received adequate care from this health care professional before. However, one error could be particularly egregious and give rise to a malpractice action.

Doctor negligence comes in many forms such as:

  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
  • Giving a patient the wrong medication
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Making a surgical error
  • Ignoring a patient’s symptoms

Specific examples of case might include delayed diagnosis of cancer, giving a patient a medication he or she is allergic to, or not ordering the right tests and scans to confirm or negate a diagnosis. Carelessness and lack of due diligence can lead to a failure to diagnose, reckless emergency room errors, and even wrongful death.

Types of doctors who may be at fault

Any health care professional can be held liable for negligence, from doctors you see regularly to emergency room physicians who only treated you one time. These doctors include:

  • Primary care doctors
  • Specialists, such as a radiologist or gastroenterologist
  • Obstetricians
  • Surgeons
  • ER doctors
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Dentists
  • Critical care doctors
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Pathologists

How do I know if I have been the victim of negligence?

If a physician makes an error, this does not necessarily equal negligence and liability. You must have been harmed in some way to pursue a legal case. To prove negligence, you must first show a doctor-patient relationship, which is fairly straightforward. Secondly, you must show that the provider failed to adhere to his or her duty of care. Next, you will have to prove that you were injured or otherwise harmed by this negligent act. Finally, you need to show the nature and extent of the injuries you suffered.

How our doctor negligence lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. can help

To learn more about the services Schochor, Federico and Staton has to offer, please contact us today at 410-234-1000. We review your potential claim and advise you on how to proceed.  We serve clients in Washington D.C. and throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Rockville, Greenbelt, Annapolis, and Columbia.