Mistakes by physicians and medical professionals can alter a victim’s life forever. Defendants in medical malpractice cases – usually hospitals, HMOs, and healthcare companies – are often experienced in defending malpractice suits and fight hard to minimize a victim’s compensation and deny responsibility. We hold HMOs, hospitals, and large healthcare corporations responsible for the preventable harms inflicted upon patients in their care.
Medical malpractice is a complex, highly-specialized field of law. In addition to practical legal skills, a medical malpractice attorney must have access to top-notch medical experts, the capability to fund the case, and an understanding of medicine. Unlike smaller DC, Maryland, and Virginia law firms, The Cochran Firm DC has the resources to retain nationally renowned board-certified medical experts who can consult with our attorneys throughout a medical malpractice case. In addition to our highly experienced medical malpractices lawyers, we also have an in-house nurse legal consultant who provides invaluable medical expertise in order to provide the highest level of service to our clients. Yet even though The Cochran Firm DC has the resources and recognition of a national firm, your medical malpractice case will receive the individualized, personal attention of an experienced partner.
Medical negligence is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. In fact, according to the Journal of American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The Cochran Firm DC’s highly-qualified and dedicated attorneys are experienced handling the defenses offered by medical negligence defendants and are prepared to hold them accountable.
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Let our knowledgeable medical malpractice professionals help you. The seasoned medical malpractice lawyers with The Cochran Firm DC understand how to take a case from its inception to its satisfactory conclusion. Our team of premier medical malpractice lawyers has secured noteworthy verdicts and settlements, recognized both by legal peers and the media.
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Types of Medical Malpractice
The Cochran Firm DC is a full-service litigation and trial practice law firm with the resources to provide the highest-quality legal representation to victims of devastating and life-changing medical malpractice injuries, including:
The law requires medical providers, not just medical doctors, to provide care and treatment that meets a legally acceptable standard of care. Other parties that may be sued for medical negligence include nurses, osteopaths, hospital employees, healthcare facilities and hospitals, dentists, and nursing homes. Damages that may be awarded in a medical malpractice case include medical expenses for treatment of injuries caused by negligence, loss of consortium, damage for pain and suffering, lost wages and diminished ability to earn future wages.
Experienced and Recognized Medical Malpractice Attorneys with a Record of Success
Medical malpractice is always avoidable. Healthcare providers make choices that may be based on cost, convenience, resources, time, or other considerations. When medical malpractice happens, the healthcare provider’s choice did not meet the legally required standard of care. Common causes of medical negligence include the provider’s inexperience, failure to follow healthcare protocols, failure to properly diagnose a patient, and simple lack of diligence. Insurance companies and large healthcare corporations act quickly to protect their establishment and employees. An experienced medical malpractice attorney with The Cochran Firm DC will look out for your best interests and hold healthcare professionals responsible for their negligence.
The medical malpractice attorneys of The Cochran Firm DC have secured many significant verdicts and settlements for victims of medical negligence and health care errors. Noteworthy case resolutions include:
- $8 million for a 35-year-old female who suffered severe brain injuries after healthcare providers failed to recognize complications from gastric bypass surgery.
- $4 million for a child born with cerebral palsy as a result of a healthcare provider’s failure to recognize placental abruption after the mother arrived at the hospital.
- $4 million for a newborn child who was losing weight and not feeding, yet the pediatrician failed to treat and admit the child to the hospital. The newborn child suffered extreme metabolic acidosis and brain injuries.
- $3.5 million for an elderly woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of a healthcare provider’s failure to treat a compromised airway while she was in the hospital.
- $3.4 million for a 19-year-old who suffered bilateral lower extremity paralysis resulting from negligent administration of anesthesia.
- $3.2 million for a heart transplant patient who suffered massive brain damage when her blood sugar was allowed to plummet in post-surgical ICU to a level inconsistent with life, due to lack of proper monitoring.
Not only should victims of medical malpractice receive full compensation for their injuries, but healthcare companies should be held accountable for their actions. Bringing a medical malpractice claim can also help prevent future medical negligence victims.
Sometimes a careful investigation that takes place during a medical malpractice case uncovers systems, protocols, or practice methods that are careless and unsafe.
Holding a healthcare company responsible for its actions can help change these policies and protect future patients. Taking a medical malpractice case to court may result in reforming the training and behavior of the medical professionals whom the law requires to provide adequate healthcare.
When Should I Investigate My Medical Malpractice Claim?
In DC, Maryland, and Virginia, there are deadlines you must met in order to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. In addition to statutory deadlines, it can also be difficult to obtain witnesses and other evidence as the time since the injury elapses. Memories become hazy and records are misplaced. If you wait too long, an attorney may be unable to give you the service you need because there isn’t enough time to conduct a proper investigation. It is imperative that you contact a skilled medical malpractice lawyer as soon as practical after the date of the harm in order to preserve your claim.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Baltimore, Maryland, or Virginia, contact The Cochran Firm DC today.