A Trusted Authority on Medical Malpractice for the Last 40 Years
Protecting the rights of patients in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia
When seeking medical treatment, you expect to receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many people suffer serious injury or even die as a result of medical errors. Healthcare providers, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and other medical staff, must be held accountable for injuries to patients due to medical malpractice or negligence.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, our team of trial attorneys represents clients throughout Washington, D.C., and West Virginia in a wide range of medical malpractice cases. Senior partner Barry Nace’s cases have produced many groundbreaking decisions as well as millions of dollars in awards for his clients, including the two highest med-mal verdicts in the Washington, D.C., area. When your family is suffering because of a negligent medical professional, our family wants to hear your story.
What we do
At Paulson & Nace, we work with families who have been victimized by negligent or incompetent healthcare providers, or who have been injured because of defective or faulty medical products. Though we handle all serious medical malpractice claims, our clients commonly come to us with claims involving:
- Failure to diagnose/misdiagnoses. A proper diagnosis made in a timely manner could be the difference between life and death. When your doctor or medical specialist fails to diagnose your condition, he or she delays the treatment you need to get well. We are particularly adept at cases where a missed or incorrect diagnosis has led to an exacerbated condition.
- Surgical errors. All surgeries come with risks, even when they are performed perfectly. A surgical error adds to that risk and in some cases may lead to more serious illness or a needless revision surgery to correct the mistake.
- Medication errors. From illegible prescriptions to incorrect dosages to pharmacy errors, medication mistakes are among the most common – and most dangerous – types of medical malpractice cases. Paulson & Nace helps families whose loved ones were harmed because of a medication error. We also represent individuals who have suffered in the course of their chronic pain management treatments.
- Anesthesia errors. Proper use of anesthesia is complicated: too little and the patient feels every move the doctor makes, too much and the patient could potentially slip into a coma. We work with clients who have suffered harm because of local and general anesthesia errors.
- Emergency room errors. Emergency rooms are chaotic places, and the medical personnel and staff who work in them are often fatigued and overworked. Paulson & Nace advocates on behalf of patients whose conditions were missed or exacerbated because of an emergency room mistake.
- Healthcare providers under the influence. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia – a problem which extends, sadly, to the very people we trust with our lives. If you were treated by a medical professional who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we may be able to help.
- Dangerous drugs. More and more prescription medications are entering the market without undergoing proper testing. Paulson & Nace has extensive experience taking on drug liability cases and knows how to build a winning case for patients who were injured because of dangerous drugs.
- Defective medical devices. Medical products like pacemakers or knee replacements are supposed to undergo rigorous testing before they are placed into a patient. Sometimes the products are not fully tested; other times, the products are made with defective or faulty parts. Our skilled team of trial attorneys has successfully represented clients who were harmed because of defective medical devices.
What you should know about informed consent
As a patient, you have the right to know exactly how your procedure or medication should work, and what types of side-effects or results you may expect. The informed consent doctrine is “a duty imposed on a doctor to explain the risks of recommended procedures to a patient before a patient determines whether or not he or she should go forward with the procedure,” and it is applicable in both Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. As a patient, you – or your guardian, if you are incapacitated – must give consent before undergoing any treatments. You also have the right to deny treatment for a variety of reasons. Medical professionals who perform a procedure without your informed consent are breaking the law, as are those who administer a treatment against your or your guardian’s express wishes.
At Paulson & Nace, we strive to provide our clients with counsel and support that goes above and beyond the call of duty. We help you understand your rights as a patient and as a victim, and advocate aggressively on your behalf during trials or settlement negotiations. For the last four decades, our family has represented clients in this incredibly complex and nuanced area of law and has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for medical malpractice victims.
You can trust in us to protect your rights as a victim of medical malpractice
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one killed as a result of a medical mistake, it is important to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately to protect your legal rights. Since there are strict time limits for filing medical malpractice cases in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, it is important to contact Paulson & Nace, PLLC, as soon as possible by calling us at 202-930-0292 or by filling out our contact form.