When someone you love has suffered malpractice at the hands of medical professional, it may seem like you can’t trust anyone. If someone who has trained for years can make a mistake that can cause serious suffering, how can you tell which attorney will give you honest and competent representation?
The best advice? Always ask for references and results. Our attorneys have won both justice and substantial Fairfax medical malpractice settlements for victims of medical negligence, including:
Misdiagnosis. Our 55-year-old client came to us after his physician failed to diagnose heart disease. He reported his chest pain to his doctor, who diagnosed him with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Our client continued to suffer chest pain and other heart symptoms, and was given a stress test, which he failed. Still, his physician told him it was just GERD. Our client then suffered a massive heart attack, leaving him severely disabled and shortening his life expectancy. We were able to recover $1,475,000 for his unnecessary suffering.
Delayed diagnosis.Our 40-year-old client underwent a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. The radiologist found an abnormality and told the primary care physician that the woman should return for another screening to make sure the abnormality was not cancerous. However, the physician failed to follow this recommendation and did not tell our client about her irregular test results. When she returned a year later for another screening, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were able to prove that the delay in the treatment of her breast cancer allowed the disease to spread, reducing her life expectancy. The jury awarded our client $2,400,000.
Wrongful death. A case was filed on behalf of a 40-year-old woman who had died from a medication-related blood clot. While in treatment for endometriosis, the woman was given a drug that caused a deep vein thrombosis in her pelvis. Two different physicians noticed that she was suffering complications, but they did not communicate with each other--allowing the blood clot to grow. Eventually the clot broke off and traveled to her lungs, causing our client’s death. A jury in Washington, DC, found the hospital liable for our client’s pulmonary embolism, and awarded the estate of our client $4,000,000.
Our DC medical negligence attorneys know that every injury case is different. That’s why each case we represent gives us a new perspective, allowing our clients to take advantage of our experience. By helping victims across a wide range of injuries, we can give you honest legal advice on what you can expect--and what you could receive--in your case.
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