Medical Malpractice and Failure to Treat

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Washington DC: Failure to Treat

Patient-doctor relationships are anchored by confidence in competence. If you or your loved one has seen a medical practitioner to get answers and solutions, you’ve trusted that practitioner to treat the symptoms and ultimately the condition. When medical personnel fail to treat the condition, the result is breach of trust. Failure to treat can lead to further suffering or even death for a patient. If a medical practitioner has failed to treat a condition for you or your loved one, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice failure to treat lawsuit.

A medical professional’s failure to treat may leave you or your loved one struggling to cope with a new reality of pain, loss, and financial burden. Bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit—which can be challenging to win—may seem daunting, but at Regan Zambri Long PLLC, our medical malpractice attorneys in Washington DC are ready to help you get the justice you deserve.  The legal team at Regan Zambri Long PLLC has more than 100 years of combined experience in creating personalized case strategies to win you the compensation you deserve. Our team will walk with you through every step of the process. Our track record of success speaks for itself and you can rest assured that we will work hard to achieve the most favorable results for your medical malpractice failure to treat case.

How Do I Know if my Doctor Has Failed to Treat an Illness or Injury?

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A medical professional’s failure to treat a serious condition can touch a patient’s life in many ways, from mental and physical pain to death in some cases. Failure to treat can also become a financial burden through lost wages and increased medical expenses as the patient continues to search for solutions for the medical condition.

Failure to treat hinges on proving the provider’s negligence; sometimes the negligence is very specific and sometimes it can be more general. Some failure to treat examples include:

  • Failure to assess or monitor a condition
  • Failure to consider a potential diagnosis
  • Failure to order or perform required tests
  • Failure to properly conduct or interpret tests
  • Failure to refer the patient to a specialist
  • Failure to treat a condition in a timely manner (or at all)
  • Failure to recognize the urgency of the condition and need for treatment
  • Failure to disclose treatment options and/or treatment risks
  • Failure to treat a patient because of insurance questions or lack of insurance
  • Failure to adhere to accepted standards of care

A medical practitioner may commit negligent malpractice without malicious intent. A lawsuit does not imply that the medical professional meant to harm you or your loved on, rather than the quality of care received was not in accordance with the standards of care recognized by the law and substandard care caused direct damage to the patient — usually in the form of physical or mental pain or lost wages or work capacity.

Many medical malpractice failure to treat cases stem from human error, which include confirmation biases or giving preference to one symptom at the dismissal of other symptoms, leading to a medical professional failing to treat the condition.

If any of these failure to treat examples apply to your situation or you have otherwise been neglected or dismissed by a medical professional, schedule a free consultation with our experienced Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers.

The Washington DC failure to treat lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can help you receive the compensation you need for your failure to treat injuries. For more than 100 years, Regan Zambri Long has been the go-to firm for misdiagnosed and mistreated patients and their families. We have earned national recognition for our work on behalf of injured claimants; we have been named among the Best Lawyers in America, the top 1% in the country, Super Lawyers, and one of the Best Law Firms by the U.S. News and World Report.  The Washingtonian Magazine has rated us as the most honest and effective attorneys in the Washington Metro.  RZL partner Pat Regan was named one of the “Top Ten Power Lawyers” in Washington, among the “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers and the National Law Journal, and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award by the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.  Regan Zambri Long partner Sal Zambri was named “2021 Best Lawyer” for medical-malpractice and holds an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

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How Do I Know if My Care Was Up to Standard?

Standard of care is a legal term, not a medical term, and one that encompasses the skill and care the average provider has, while accounting for available knowledge in the field or specialty.  The standard of care is “typically based on the hypothetical practices of a reasonably competent health care professional in the same or similar community.” While ordinary negligence hinges on reasonableness, medical malpractice considers customary practices of similar providers. Receiving care you are unhappy with isn’t, in itself, grounds for a malpractice suit, but if the average competent medical care provider would have provided different care for your condition, leading to better results, you may be entitled to compensation.

Who Can be Held Responsible for Failure to Treat a Medical Condition in Washington DC?

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The party or parties responsible for malpractice can vary from case to case, but any medical personnel acting in an official capacity can be responsible for their own negligence if that care has directly damaged the patient. The provider could be a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or surgeon. In some cases, hospitals can be held responsible for allowing unqualified professionals to provide care or for failing to maintain adequate staffing levels to ensure quality care. The medical malpractice failure to treat attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can help you determine the best course of action for the mistreatment or misdiagnosis you or your loved one has experienced.

What Do I Have to Prove in My Failure to Treat Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Though the burden of proof might seem daunting, our medical malpractice attorneys will work diligently with you to determine if a medical practitioner failed to treat your or your loved one’s condition. Showing the burden of proof consists of:

  • Proving that a doctor-patient relationship existed. This can be done with medical records showing that the practitioner was treating you or your loved one specifically. This is duty of care and means the provider was acting in an official capacity toward you or your loved one.
  • Proving negligence or harm through incompetence. As NOLO cites, “The doctor’s care is not required to be the best possible, but simply ‘reasonably skillful and careful.’” We’ll have a medical expert review your case and testify to the course of action that a competent practitioner would have taken and how the practitioner in question failed to meet that standard.
  • Proving that, more likely than not, the negligence directly caused additional injury and damages, such as physical pain, mental anguish, additional medical expenses and/or lost work and earning capacity.

While proving medical negligence is the crux of a medical malpractice failure to treat lawsuit, the negligence must have directly resulted in further injury or damage to the patient. Substandard care that didn’t cause additional harm is not grounds for a lawsuit.

How Soon Do I Have to File My Failure to Treat Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Washington DC’s statute of limitations—the window during which you may file a lawsuit—is three years. To determine if your mistreatment or misdiagnosis falls within the statute of limitations, you should seek legal counsel as soon as you suspect malpractice. Missing the statute of limitations will close the door on the opportunity for you or your loved one to seek justice. You also may be required to notify the practitioner of your intent to file a lawsuit.  Our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine whether a lawsuit is the right action for your situation. Please call the experienced lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC at (202)960-4596 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys today.

How Do I Prepare for My Free Consultation with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Regan Zambri Long?

The team of Washington DC medical malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC will  see re provide. Preparing a list of health care providers you’ve seen for the condition in question, a summary of prescribed treatments, relevant correspondence and documents, and a list of questions will help you have the most comprehensive consultation possible. Some information you may want to seek from your attorney includes:

  • The lawyer and the firm’s track record with medical malpractice failure to treat lawsuits—how many cases the firm has handled, whether the area is a specialty for the attorney and/or firm, how long the firm has been handling malpractice cases, and how many malpractice cases the firm has tried and won
  • The likelihood of settling the case
  • How long the lawyer might need to prepare before making a settlement demand
  • If the lawyer will be prepared to file the medical malpractice failure to treat lawsuit if an acceptable settlement offer is received

Your consultation is the first step on the journey, but Regan Zambri Long are your partners for justice, no matter how long it takes.

Regan Zambri Long Handles Medical Malpractice Cases Against Healthcare Facilities in Washington DC

The Washington DC Department of Health website provides lists of medical care facilities, ranging from clinics to hospitals to health centers. If your failure to treat experience occurred at any medical facility in Washington DC, the Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can help. Medical Facilities within Washington DC’s jurisdiction include:

  • Andromeda Transcultural Health
  • Bread for the City
  • Metro Health DC
  • Children’s National Health Center- Adams Morgan
  • Children’s National Health Center – Anacostia
  • Children’s National Health Center – Shaw
  • Children’s National Health Center- THE ARC
  • Children’s National Health Center- Sheikh Zayed
  • Children’s National Adolescent Health Center
  • Community of Hope- Conway Health & Resource Center
  • Community of Hope- Family Health & Birth Center
  • Community of Hope- Marie Reed Health Center
  • Family and Medical Counseling Services, Inc.
  • Georgetown Hospital Physicians Group
  • Georgetown Family Medicine
  • Howard University Hospital
  • La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Mary’s Center – Gallatin Street
  • Mary’s Center- Georgia Avenue
  • Mary’s Center- Ontario Road
  • Planned Parenthood,
  • Providence Hospital Center for Geriatric Medicine
  • Providence Hospital- Family Medicine
  • Providence Hospital- Internal Medicine
  • Providence Hospital GYN- DePaul Building
  • Providence Hospital Perry Family Health Center
  • So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E)
  • Spanish Catholic Center
  • Unity – 801 East Health Center
  • Unity- Anacostia Health Center
  • Unity- Brentwood Health Center
  • Unity- Central Union Mission Health Center
  • Unity- Christ House Health Center
  • Unity- Columbia Road Health Center
  • Unity- East of the River Health Center
  • Unity- Federal City- CCNV Clinic Health Center
  • Unity- Friendship Place Health Center
  • Unity- Harbor Light Health Center
  • Unity- Minnesota Avenue Health Center
  • Unity- N Street Village Health Center
  • Unity- New York Avenue Health Center
  • Unity- Parkside Health Center
  • Unity- Pat Handy Place
  • Unity- Pathways to Housing Health Center
  • Unity- Southwest Health Center
  • Unity- Stanton Road Health Center
  • Unity- Upper Cardozo Health Center
  • Whitman Walker- 1525 Medical Center
  • Whitman Walker- Max Robinson Medical Center
  • Elaine Ellis Center of Health


Why Choose Regan Zambri Long?

At Regan Zambri Long, our medical malpractice attorneys are compassionate and thorough. We believe in getting you the compensation and the justice you deserve.  We’ll walk with you every step of the way and fight to get you satisfactory compensation.

Our team has won multi-million dollar lawsuits for medical malpractice and failure to treat. The attorneys at Regan Zambri Long bring one hundred years of experience and unparalleled commitment to uncompromising advocacy for each and every case. Our clients are heard and respected throughout the legal process and their testimonials reflect our commitment to excellence and success.

We work on a contingency fee arrangement so you don’t pay until we’ve won compensation for you or your loved ones. We only receive attorney fees if we recover a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Call (202)960-4596 and take the first step toward justice today.