Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences to patients and their families. When doctors and hospitals make mistakes, some patients are disabled, others are catastrophically and permanently injured, and unfortunately, some patients die. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a health care provider's negligence, you deserve more than money - you deserve justice.
The Maryland medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt can help. The WVF&O team has over 75 years of collective experience handling medical malpractice cases in Baltimore, Prince George's County, Washington, D.C., and throughout the country on a pro hac vice basis. Our distinguished and accomplished attorneys have obtained record settlements and verdicts, including the largest verdict in a medical malpractice case in Maryland history - a $55,000,000.00 verdict against Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since 2012, the attorneys at WVF&O have obtained well in excess of over $100,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements.
Medical malpractice litigation is extremely challenging because it involves litigating against wealthy insurance companies, individual doctors, and large hospitals that do everything they can to deny responsibility. It is always a tough battle. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, we will tirelessly and aggressively pursue your case and help to get you the best possible outcome. We will be with you every step of the way, explaining the process and answering any and all questions you might have. If your case cannot be resolved by settlement, we will vigorously litigate your case, without sparing any expense, before a jury of your peers. There is no cost to you unless we successfully bring your case to settlement or receive a jury verdict in your favor.
Raising a child with a cerebral palsy or developmental delays is not easy. It is emotionally and financially draining and will change your life forever. We have seen it first hand with hundreds of our clients throughout the years. When a child is negligently injured at birth, or as a newborn, and you want justice, and you want to hold the wrongdoers accountable, you need lawyers who have handled birth injury malpractice cases successfully - you need lawyers who know the medicine, who know the law, and who will not back down to doctors and insurance companies who will stop at nothing to avoid responsibility. We are those lawyers.
Our Maryland birth injury lawyers have successfully tried to verdict birth injury claims against some of the largest hospitals and hospital systems in Baltimore and Maryland, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Prince George's Hospital Center, and others. For example, in a case against the Johns Hopkins Hospital, we obtained a $55,000,000.00 verdict on behalf of a young boy from Baltimore City who was permanently injured when the doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital waited over two hours to perform an "urgent" cesarean section. Likewise, in a case against MedStar Harbor Hospital and one of their obstetricians, a Baltimore jury awarded $21,000,000.00 when our lawyers successfully proved that the defendant obstetrician waited too long to perform a cesarean section in the face of ominous and concerning fetal heart rate tracings, resulting in our client suffering periventricular leukomalacia, brain damage, and spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. That client now lives with his parents in Baltimore County where he is getting the attendant and nursing care he needs and requires. In a similar case, a Prince George's County jury awarded $15,600,000.00 to our client, a little girl with cerebral palsy, seizures and mental retardation, which was caused by the failure of a nurse midwife to act in accordance with the standards of care. These are just a few examples of our proven track record in catastrophic birth injury claims.
Medical malpractice may happen when a health care provider fails to meet the appropriate standard of care when treating a patient, who suffers harm as a result. A wide range of individuals and entities can potentially be held accountable when this occurs, including physicians, nurses, therapists, hospitals, and pharmacies. Some examples of how these claims may arise include when a surgeon leaves an instrument in a patient’s body after a procedure, or when a nurse administers an inappropriate group of drugs that cause a strong reaction. Inaccurate or unreasonably delayed diagnoses also can give rise to a case against a health care provider, as can birth injuries that occur because of errors during delivery.
To succeed in a medical malpractice claim in Maryland, the victim or the victim’s family must establish the following elements of negligence:
In contrast to many types of personal injury claims, the standard of care in cases involving doctors and other medical professionals is broadly defined as what a physician in good standing and in a similar specialty to the defendant would have done in the same circumstances. Expert testimony usually is required to show what the appropriate standard would have been in a certain situation, and the specific actions by the defendant that failed to meet it. The victim also must show that he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had met the standard of care. If the claim succeeds, the injured patient may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses, lost income, and any other costs arising from the malpractice.
Serving residents of local areas including Baltimore, Prince George's County, and Washington, D.C., the injury attorneys at WVF&O are committed to treating all of our clients with the compassion and respect that they deserve while zealously advocating for their rights in settlement negotiations and in the courtroom. Our results are a product of this approach.