When hospitals, nurses, and other health care providers fail to meet accepted
professional standards, patients can be seriously harmed. In some cases,
people can lose their lives as a result of this negligence. At Wais, Vogelstein,
Forman & Offutt, our experienced
medical malpractice lawyers have asserted the rights of many Baltimore residents harmed by
careless hospitals and nurses. We have the zeal and resources to vigorously
pursue your claim and help you seek monetary damages for your injuries.
Holding Hospitals and Nurses Accountable for Negligence
When an individual is hospitalized, that person trusts the hospital staff’s
judgment to treat him or her properly. Like doctors, nurses play a vital
role in the day-to-day care of a patient. All medical professionals are
expected to provide a certain level of care. When they fail to meet the
appropriate standard, they may be liable for any resulting harm. Hospitals
can potentially be held responsible for medical malpractice when preventable
errors result in their facilities from the careless actions of nurses
or other employees, as long as they are acting in the scope of the employment
Medical malpractice claims are rooted in the theory of negligence, which
is a legal principle designed to hold careless parties accountable for
the harm they cause. In order to establish the right to compensation through
a malpractice claim, a patient must show that the health care provider
failed to adhere to the standard of care that would be applicable to other
health care providers in the same specialty and geographic area who are
in good standing in their profession. Deviating from the accepted standard
of care is considered a breach of duty on the part of a medical professional.
If this breach is the direct cause of a patient’s harm, that medical
professional likely will be held liable for any costs and losses that result.
Determining what level of care was reasonable in a given set of circumstances
is not always obvious and usually requires the assistance of an expert
witness, such as another doctor or nurse in a similar specialty to the
defendant. An expert also can explain what the defendant did that fell
short of the appropriate standard and the sequence of medical events that
led to the patient’s injuries.
Malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time period, known as
the statute of limitations. Under Maryland law, a patient must file a
medical negligence lawsuit within five years from the date of his or her
injury, or within three years of the date when it was discovered, whichever
Consult an Injury Lawyer in Prince George’s County
It is important to understand your rights if you have been harmed by the
negligence of a hospital or a nurse. Legal issues may not be what you
want to think about after you have been hurt, but it is wise to take action
quickly so that you are not left to deal with the financial impact of
the malpractice on your own. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt,
injury attorneys have represented many individuals in Prince George’s County and
elsewhere in Maryland.
For more information,
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800 for a free, no-obligation consultation
about your case.