Mistakes by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can have a
lasting impact on a patient’s life. Some of the most common errors
happen during the post-surgical process. While it is true that medical
complications are unavoidable in some surgery cases, complications also
may arise because a physician has violated the appropriate standard of
care. When this happens, a patient can seek compensation for his or her
medical malpractice lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have over 100 years of
combined experience helping Baltimore residents and other injured individuals
pursue their claims. We can help you as well.
Seeking Damages after a Post-Surgical Error
Serious mistakes can occur after a surgical procedure is complete. Failing
to properly monitor a patient after an operation can lead to a significant
injury and even a tragic loss of life. There are a variety of post-surgical
errors that can take place, including failure to monitor for bleeding
or infection, failure to identify and treat complications, medication
errors, and failure to administer antibiotics to prevent a post-operation
Medical malpractice takes place when a physician or other health care provider
causes injury or death to a patient by failing to meet the applicable
standard of care. These claims are usually pursued under the legal theory
of negligence, which can be defined as the failure to take the precautions
that would be proper in a certain situation.
In the context of the medical profession, negligence may occur when a health
care provider, such as a physician, hospital, nurse, or pharmacist, fails
to conform to the legally imposed standard of care. This obligation is
defined as what a typical health care provider in the same location and
medical field as the defendant would have done when placed in a certain
situation. Since the standard of care can be challenging to establish,
other doctors or medical professors are usually needed to provide expert
testimony on what would be considered appropriate in the specific case
at issue. In addition to proving the duty of care, a victim must identify
a certain action by the defendant that violated the duty. He or she also
needs to draw a direct causal link from that breach to his or her injuries
and point to damages that resulted from them.
It is important to note that medical malpractice claims must be filed within
a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. Under Maryland
law, an injured individual has five years from the date of the harm or
three years from the date that it was discovered, whichever is earlier,
to bring a claim. If a child suffers from medical malpractice, the same
statute of limitations applies once he or she turns 18 years of age.
Seek Legal Guidance in Prince George’s County to Hold Negligent Doctors
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our
injury attorneys have the skill and knowledge to handle cases in Prince George’s
County and throughout Maryland that involve post-surgical errors. Medical
malpractice is a complex area of law, so it can be critical to have a
qualified attorney on your side who can help you assert your rights. We
can evaluate your claim at a free initial consultation.
To learn more about your legal rights and options,
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800.