Emergency room mistakes can have devastating and long-term consequences
for a patient. The
medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have helped countless
individuals in the Baltimore area understand their legal rights after
emergency room mistakes have caused them harm. With over 100 years of collective
experience, we understand what it takes to pursue a medical negligence
claim. While no amount of financial compensation can undo the harm you
have suffered, the money can help ease the heavy financial burdens that
often accompany such incidents.
Negligent Conduct by Doctors in Urgent Care Environments
Emergency rooms are a place of last resort. If you are in an emergency
room, it is generally because the matter is urgent and you have nowhere
else to go for help. Unfortunately, emergency room physicians, nurses
and staff are often extremely overworked and fail to provide patients
with the level of care they deserve. Emergency room mistakes can happen
in a variety of ways, ranging from misdiagnosis to failing to administer
the correct drugs in a particular situation. Even seemingly minor emergency
room mistakes can lead to catastrophic or fatal consequences.
Medical malpractice refers to negligence by a medical professional, such
as a physician, nurse or healthcare provider. It can happen in a hospital
setting or other healthcare facility. Negligence is the failure to take
proper care when doing something. In some cases, negligence involves an
omission when there is a duty to act. Put simply, medical malpractice
imposes liability on healthcare providers who fail to exercise due care
in treating patients. Due care is defined as how a prudent or sensible
healthcare provider in the same circumstances would have acted. The injured
patient must demonstrate that the injury suffered was a direct result
of the healthcare provider’s failure in using due care. Negligence
law is designed to encourage individuals to be vigilant in their actions
so as to prevent foreseeable harm.
Once a plaintiff prevails on a negligence claim, he or she can seek compensation
for the harm suffered. In this kind of case, a plaintiff can potentially
recover medical expenses, lost income and benefits, reimbursement of related
financial losses, cost of future care, pain and suffering and more.
In Maryland, a medical malpractice lawsuit has to be filed within a certain
time frame, known as the statute of limitations. Under state law, a person
has five years from the date of injury, or three years from when the injury
was reasonably discoverable, whichever is earlier. It is important to
note that for minors, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice
suit does not begin to run until the individual reaches 18 years of age.
Lawyers Advocating for Patients in Prince George’s County
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our medical malpractice lawyers
have the competence and grit to handle cases involving emergency room
misdiagnosis, medication errors, and more. We proudly represent clients throughout
Prince George’s County, the State of Maryland, and the Washington,
D.C. area. We stand by one goal: to provide compassionate and aggressive
representation to the most seriously injured. We understand that this
is a stressful time, which is why you can expect the utmost respect and
sensitivity from our entire team. With years of experience, we understand
how to navigate medical negligence claims.
To learn more about your legal rights and options,
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800.