Tenacious Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Were You or a Loved One a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
- 40 Years of Experience
- Over $3 Billion Won for Our Clients
- Thousands of Lives Changed
We trust hospitals and medical professionals to take care of us when we are at our most vulnerable. The vast majority of patients get the treatment they need but, unfortunately, long hours, overworked staff, lack of attention to detail, and other circumstances can cause hospital errors, misdiagnoses, and other medical oversights. The consequences for these errors can be devastating, or even deadly.
Medical negligence and malpractice cases can take many shapes and forms and require the work of a skilled attorney with expertise in both the medical and legal fields. The attorneys in the Janet, Janet & Suggs Medical Malpractice Division have decades of experience winning cases for individuals and their families, even when other law firms wouldn’t take the case. The leaders of our Medical Malpractice Division include an in-house physician and are frequently called upon by trial lawyer organizations to educate other lawyers about how to most effectively represent patients and their families in medical malpractice cases. What’s more, we practice law with compassion for our clients, understanding that this is a difficult time, but it is ultimately about ensuring the best quality of life and achieving peace of mind.
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How Do You Know if You Have a Case?
Medical errors account for more deaths in the US than any other cause, except for heart disease and cancer, according to a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study. Other studies show that millions more are injured.
There are many types of medical negligence and malpractice cases and they can occur in a variety of settings, from a hospital to a doctor’s office to a military medical facility. Types of malpractice can include emergency room errors, surgical errors, and post-operative errors, among others. The most important factors to consider when determining if you have a case include:
- The presence of a severe permanent injury,
- The likelihood of establishing that the claimed injuries were caused by substandard care,
- How recently the injury occurred,
- The life expectancy of the victim,
- The cost of past medical care and, more importantly, the projected cost of future care,
- The amount of past and future lost earnings,
- The existence of immediate family members adversely affected by the injury to the patient, and
- The presence of one or more responsible healthcare providers who have sufficient liability insurance coverage or assets to pay a settlement or verdict.
An important thing to remember is that an undesired medical result is not the same as medical malpractice; the doctor or institution must have made a medical error or displayed negligent behavior. You can also learn more about our process for evaluating the viability of your medical malpractice claim.
It's also important to speak to an attorney as soon as you realize an error may have been made, as statute of limitations laws could bar you from seeking compensation once a specified time period has passed.
You Have a Limited Window of Opportunity
Cases of medical negligence and malpractice have a statute of limitations that makes it impossible to file after a period of time has passed. This is because of concerns about evidence being lost, memories fading, and is to protect doctors and hospitals from having claims hang indefinitely over them. If your case involves your child, you may have more time to file suit.
If you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice or negligence, do not hesitate to contact us to begin fighting for the compensation you need. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so the quicker we can begin working on your case, the quicker you can get back on your feet with the compensation you deserve.
We have the knowledge and resources needed to investigate and litigate your case, helping you seek the answers and compensation you deserve. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today to learn more about how we can help you.
Featured Verdicts and Settlements
- $190 Million from The Johns Hopkins Hospital for Medical Malpractice and Sexual Abuse: One of the largest in U.S. history for a case of this nature, Johns Hopkins' liability was founded on its failure to establish procedures and adequately oversee the care provided by its OBGYN department, leading to unnecessary and overly intrusive pelvic exams.
- $33.5 Million for Delayed C-section: A jury awarded this record-breaking verdict after finding that delays in performing an urgently needed cesarean section resulted in a baby developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
- $24.25 Million for Failure to Diagnose: A record-breaking medical malpractice jury verdict in the District of Columbia, obtained for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy because her doctors failed to properly diagnose and respond to an airway obstruction.
- $10 Million for Emergency Room Negligence: A settlement obtained in a case as a result of failure to properly diagnose and treat infection.
- $100s of Millions for Misdiagnosis: Hundreds of millions of dollars obtained in verdicts and settlements in cases involving delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
Meet the Leaders of JJS's Medical Malpractice Division
Howard Janet is one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorneys and has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers have missed, recovering record-breaking results throughout much of the country. He is the author of multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases (lead author) and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs – Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth (with Dr. Giles Manley).
Ken Suggs, a navy veteran, has long been considered one of the nation’s premier medical negligence trial lawyers, and served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as American Association of Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association. He is a relentless advocate for his clients.
Dr. Giles Manley, a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. The value his medical knowledge and experience brings to his clients cases is priceless.
Doctors and Hospitals May Hide Their Mistakes
Our experienced legal team can work on your behalf to obtain the vital medical records for your case. This would be difficult for an individual, as doctors and hospitals may try to hide or underplay their mistakes. Your medical records will contain vital information about whether or not a mistake was made, but they often contain medical graphs and jargon that may be difficult for you to interpret. Working with an experienced attorney that has expertise in both legal and medical fields can make or break your case.
Our medical malpractice team includes a board-certified doctor and other medical professionals that can offer an expert medical perspective to enhance your case. We also have a track record of winning difficult cases that other law firms won’t take on. If you suspect you may be the victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to find an attorney with the experience and confidence needed to get and interpret your medical records.
Fighting for the Compensation You Need
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, we understand the financial needs associated with many cases of medical malpractice. Because a case can place a burden upon our clients, we have to first identify whether the likelihood of receiving substantial compensation is realistic enough to warrant the undertaking. We may ultimately conclude that the potential defendants acted appropriately and that no preventable medical error occurred. While disappointing to clients, this sometimes can also bring relief and closure. However, we always make clear that another law firm might come to a different conclusion.
If we determine your case is worth pursuing, tens of millions of dollars could be at stake, depending on the circumstances of your case. Compensation can be available for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, death of a loved one, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other related costs, including home modifications and various forms of therapy.
Our team has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of medical malpractice, including record-breaking verdicts in many states. We provide personalized attention and dedicated service to each and every case we represent to help ensure each client receives the maximum compensation they deserve. We will not settle for anything less. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can learn more about your case.
You can also learn more about what to expect when pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
What Types of Cases do Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle?
Throughout our years of practice, our medical malpractice attorneys have handled a number of cases that resulted from a variety of circumstances, such as:
- Anesthesia errors and mistakes
- Bowel resection errors
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Colonoscopy errors
- Delayed C-section
- Delayed or failed diagnosis of cancer and other conditions
- Delayed or mishandled delivery
- Emergency room negligence
- Failure to detect birth defects
- Gastric bypass errors
- Hospital negligence, errors, medical malpractice
- Medication errors and mismanagement
- Failure to recognize signs of sepsis
- Failure to recognize signs of a stroke or heart attack
- Failure to treat or delayed treatment
- Failure to perform C-section
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to diagnose, treat or test for infection
- Fetal monitoring negligence
- Misdiagnosis of cancer and other conditions
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Mismanaged labor and delivery / neonatal injuries
- Negligence in fetal monitoring
- Organ transplant errors
- Sexual abuse during medical care
- Surgical errors
- Surgical site errors
- Surgical complications
- Umbilical catheter misplacement
These types of situations can cause a variety of injuries, including:
- Birth injuries
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Bowel perforation
- Brain and nerve injuries
- Cardiac arrest, strokes and heart attacks
- Cerebral palsy
- Heart defects
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intracranial bleed
- Life threatening hospital-acquired infections
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
- Nursing care-related injuries
- Paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
- PICC line infection
- Post-operative complications
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Which Medical Professionals Can be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice can be committed by any healthcare professional, including but not limited to:
- Labor and delivery nurses
- Nurse anesthetists
- Nurse midwives
Medical malpractice lawsuits can apply to any medical field, from general practice to surgery to specialty areas such as:
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Pediatric medicine
- Neonatal-perinatal medicine
- Infectious disease