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Advantages of Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer who is also an MD

Apr23

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.

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