To prove that a doctor or other medical professional committed an act of medical malpractice, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant failed to provide them with the care they needed and that they suffered an injury as a result. Doing this can be slightly complicated if you have a pre-existing condition. It is likely that the defendant will attempt to claim that the injuries caused by their negligence were actually a result of your pre-existing condition.
At LawMD, our pre-existing condition medical malpractice lawyers in Washington, D.C. are prepared to represent you against negligent doctors and hospitals. With our team, there is no need to seek the assistance of medical experts — we are the experts.
The term “pre-existing condition” is used in the health insurance industry to describe a medical condition that a policyholder had before they purchased a policy or began collecting their benefits. Although “pre-existing condition” is primarily an insurance term, it can also be applied in cases of medical malpractice.
In relation to medical malpractice, a pre-existing condition may be a health issue that the injury victim was living with before the malpractice occurred. A defendant (such as an injured patient’s doctor) may point to a pre-existing condition as the alleged cause of a plaintiff’s injuries, rather than their negligence.
Yes, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if you have a pre-existing condition. As a victim of medical negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. It is true that having a pre-existing condition can complicate a medical malpractice claim, but this is only because negligent parties attempt to use this knowledge to their advantage. With the LawMD legal team on your side, you can be sure your rights are represented and that our lawyers are fighting for you.
If you have a pre-existing condition and were harmed by a negligent doctor, it’s possible that they may use your pre-existing condition as a way to discredit your medical malpractice claim. Often, defendants will try to disprove a plaintiff’s claims of negligence by saying that the injuries they experienced were actually a symptom of their pre-existing condition.
Our legal team is prepared to take on defense strategies like these and help you recover the compensation you deserve. We are more equipped than other firms to handle pre-existing condition medical malpractice claims. As certified physicians ourselves, we understand the medical aspects of these cases and can match the knowledge of other doctors. We have the education that is necessary to fight defendants’ claims and prove the link between their negligence and your injuries.
We understand how confusing it can be to pursue a medical malpractice claim, and how living with a pre-existing condition can complicate your claim. With the help of the physician-attorneys of LawMD, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the legal process. We will guide you through every step of your case and communicate our legal strategy to you to ensure you are familiar with your rights. Contact us today to learn more.