When a client consults an attorney to determine if he or she has a valid medical malpractice claim, in most cases that attorney must rely on the knowledge and opinions of external medical experts. In fact, many personal injury law firms cultivate a network of experts they can call on when the need arises for a medical opinion.
Most law firms do not have someone on staff who is both a medical malpractice attorney and trained physician. While this distinction is rare, it is the case with Michael M. Wilson, M.D. and J.D, whose Washington, DC law firm handles medical malpractice cases exclusively.
Common malpractice mistakes
Medical malpractice errors that most law firms deal with regularly include the following:
- Operating on the wrong body part or site
- Amputation of the wrong limb
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the body
- Incorrect or delayed medical diagnosis
- Damage to healthy organs and bowels during surgery
With both a Juris Doctorate (JD) and Medical Doctor (MD) degree, Dr. Wilson employs first-hand medical and legal knowledge to evaluate whether a medical mishap was an unfortunate mistake or negligence. If the case must be presented before a jury, Dr. Wilson can explain complex medical issues and how the failure to comply with the prescribed standard of care resulted in harm to the patient.
The combination of trained physician and medical malpractice attorney inspires the confidence of clients as well as a high degree of respect by lawyers defending the negligent hospitals and doctors on the opposing side.
Dr. Michael M. Wilson is an attorney and a physician who earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his legal and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has focused in the area of medical malpractice for more than three decades and secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.