Thousands of preventable medical mistakes take place every year in Maryland
and throughout the United States. The consequences of these actions can
be devastating to a patient. If a medical professional is negligent and
fails to take proper care when treating a patient, that health care provider
can be liable for any resulting injuries. Doctors, nurses, and others
have a duty to be vigilant during the treatment process. If you or someone
close to you has been hurt because of a health care provider’s error,
you should contact a
medical malpractice attorney without delay. The Baltimore lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman
& Offutt have the ability to handle virtually all types of negligence
claims arising from the carelessness of doctors.
Pursuing Compensation after a Medical Mistake
Surgeons and health care professionals need to be cautious when treating
patients. Each case is different, and each patient will require a different
level of care. In some cases, a medical procedure may require the physician’s
attention on an ongoing basis. Mistakes can arise in a variety of situations,
some of which include anesthesia errors, surgical errors, labor and delivery
errors, prescription medication errors, supervision errors, and misdiagnoses.
When a doctor or health care professional is determined to be negligent
because of a medical mistake, it means that they have failed to use the
level of skill and precaution that another medical professional in the
same specialty and geographic area would have used in the same or similar
circumstances. It also means that this failure to meet the appropriate
standard of care directly caused harm to a patient, who incurred damages
as a result. For example, a surgeon who leaves an instrument in a patient’s
body after an operation likely would be considered negligent because a
prudent Maryland surgeon in good professional standing would not do such
a thing, recognizing the importance of avoiding such a risk.
Medical mistakes can result in significant injury to the patient, including
long-lasting or permanent disability and even death. If you have been
hurt due to a medical mistake, you can seek compensation for your injuries
by filing a negligence lawsuit against the responsible party. Generally,
this requires expert testimony to establish the necessary elements of
duty, breach, causation, and damages.
Maryland law mandates that every claim be settled or filed in court within
a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. This rule requires
that any lawsuit arising out of medical malpractice be filed within three
years from the date the injury was discovered, but in any case no more
than five years from when it happened. If the victim is a child, however,
he or she may have more time to bring a claim. Failure to take legal action
within the applicable statute of limitations could mean losing your legal
right to be heard by a court altogether.
Enlist an Injury Attorney to Protect Your Rights in Prince George’s County
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our
injury lawyers have helped many residents of Prince George’s County and other areas
in Maryland assert their rights through medical malpractice claims. With
over 100 years of collective experience, we have obtained record settlements
and verdicts for many of our clients, including the largest verdict in
a medical malpractice case in Maryland history in the amount of $55,000,000,00
against Johns Hopkins Hospital. We understand the nuances of this area
of law and can give your case the care and attention that it deserves.
To learn more about your legal rights and options, do not hesitate to
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800 for a free consultation.