Inadequate or Incomplete Medical Care Can Result in Financial Liability for Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals
When someone visits a doctor, they are usually going with some kind of ailment they hope the doctor will be able to treat. In most cases, patients visit a doctor, are evaluated, are diagnosed, and then are provided a prescription and sent on their way. However, every so often a doctor fails to thoroughly investigate a patient’s condition and misses clues that something more serious could be the cause of the patient’s complaints.
A Doctor’s Duty to Provide Adequate Care
Under Maryland law, a doctor must provide a certain level of medical care. If a patient is injured or dies as a result of a doctor’s failure to live up to that standard, the doctor may be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Of course, a doctor cannot be expected to be perfect, so the standard that all doctors must live up to is an objective standard, meaning that the doctor must provide the level of care that similarly educated and experienced doctors would have provided in that same situation. The standard also takes into account the geographical region where the alleged malpractice occurs. This means that a doctor in rural Kansas may be held to a different standard than a doctor in Baltimore, Maryland.
Establishing that a doctor’s services fell below the applicable standard of care is what is at the heart of most medical malpractice cases. In fact, the quality of care provided by the defendant in relation to the applicable standard is so important to a medical malpractice case that Maryland law requires a plaintiff to submit an expert report indicating that the plaintiff’s case has merit in that expert’s opinion. Of course, the expert should be familiar with the specific practice area and geographical region in question. A failure to submit this report is grounds for an early dismissal of a plaintiff’s case.
One Man Files a Medical Malpractice Case after His Wife Dies Shortly After Childbirth
A few weeks ago, one man in Illinois alleged that the doctors who treated his wife during the birth of their child were negligent and that the doctors’ negligence caused his wife’s death. According to one local news source, the man’s wife was being seen by the doctors and reported vaginal bleeding and the passage of blood clots. The doctors delivered the child, and then they performed a hysterectomy and sent the woman to the ICU. However, not long after her admission to the ICU, the woman passed away. It was later discovered that she suffered from thrombosis, or obstructed blood flow, which had damaged her bowels and abdominal structures.
Have You Been Injured by a Physician’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one have recently been injured due to inadequate treatment by a medical professional, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit. The skilled attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have decades of combined experience bringing cases on behalf of Marylanders who were injured by poor medical treatment. Call (410) 567-0800 today to set up a free consultation.