Medical Malpractice & Failure to Treat Your Medical Condition
Washington, DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Thousands of people will file lawsuits this year against a health care
provider for not properly treating their medical condition. Many times,
failures to treat occur as a result of a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis,
or the failure to diagnose an underlying medical issue.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our medical malpractice
attorneys have the resources and experience to handle these challenging
claims for residents throughout the DC metro area. Allegations of medical
negligence require extensive evidence and supporting arguments to be proven
in court, which is why working with a lawyer is extremely important after
you suffered preventable harm at the hands of a medical professional or
any other medical care provider.
Learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim when you call us
for a free consultation.
Understanding Negligence & Failure to Treat
medical malpractice claims are centered on proving negligence, and claims involving failures
to treat are no different. This means victims will need to show that a
medical professional or another party responsible for medical services
and care failed in their duty to provide a reasonable and expected standard of care.
Here are some examples of common cases involving failures to treat:
Misdiagnosis – If your healthcare provider misdiagnoses you, you could be treated
for a medical condition you do not actually have. This can not only put
you at risk of suffering harm due to unneeded treatment, but also at risk
for suffering complications and additional harm caused by your true underlying
condition that was not properly diagnosed and for which you are not getting
treatment. For instance, if your healthcare provider believes you have
certain type of cancer, then surgery might be suggested, even though it
may be on the wrong part of your body and even though it will likely not
resolve your true medical condition. You could also be administered medication
for an illness that you do not have, which could prove harmful if you
do not need them and can make any medical problems you do have even worse.
Failure to Diagnose / Delayed Diagnosis – Failures to diagnose an underlying condition, or any delays in
diagnosing the condition, can be disastrous in the event of a serious
medical issue. Doctors and other health care providers have an obligation
to diagnose a condition that other medical professionals would agree can
and should be diagnosed. If for some reason they fail to meet this obligation,
as a result of oversight, incorrect data, or sheer negligence, victims
may not receive the type of treatment they need to address their underlying
Diagnostic errors commonly account for failures to provide treatment. While
they are often committed by medical professionals who provide substandard
care when evaluating a patient, testing them, and / or interpreting the
results of tests, diagnostic issues can also arise for other reasons.
In a recent event involving the
DC public health lab, for example, the lab committed an error when testing hundreds of blood
samples for the Zika virus.
As a result of the error, some patients, including pregnant women, were
told they did not have Zika, only to later find out that they did have
the virus when their blood was retested. As a result, these patients did
not receive treatment or medical monitoring during pregnancy. Zika is
particularly concerning to pregnant women, as it can be passed to their
baby and cause serious birth defects. In this instance, the lab could
be held accountable for any damages victims suffer as a result of their
failures to properly perform blood tests, which lead to mothers and their
unborn babies being untreated.
Find Out if You Have a Case by Calling (202) 644-8303
If you believe that you or someone you love were not treated with the expected
standard of care, you might have a valid claim for compensation. Our legal
team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can review your
situation and help you better determine if you are the victim of malpractice
or other failures committed during your testing and treatment.
If it is determined that you were the victim of medical malpractice because
your healthcare provider did not properly treat you, you might be entitled
to compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, and loss of wages,
among other damages. To find out if you have a case, contact us for a