For most patients, surgery is a daunting process. While everyone hopes
that surgery goes smoothly, the reality is that sometimes patients suffer
surgical infections. Surgical infections can pose very serious and long-term
risks to a patient’s health. The
medical malpractice lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt in Baltimore have the
know-how and determination to handle cases involving these complications.
Our team is committed to treating our clients with the utmost compassion
and respect. While we aim to settle each case as efficiently and effectively
as possible, we are not afraid to fight for your rights in the courtroom
Surgical Errors and Medical Malpractice Law
Surgical infections can have serious, even life threatening consequences
for a patient. Surgical infections are a relatively common surgical complication,
though some procedures carry a greater risk of infections than others.
Surgical infections can have a variety of causes, including insufficient
sterilization of surgical instruments; failure to seal wounds property;
not enough pre-operative preparation; failure to prescribe adequate anti-infection
medication; and operating in unsanitary conditions.
If you have suffered harm because of a surgical infection, you may be able
to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice
refers to negligence committed by a healthcare professional. For a successful
medical malpractice claim in Maryland, an individual must be able to prove
the following elements: i) the healthcare provider had a duty to adhere
to the standard of care; ii) the healthcare provider breached the duty
by not adhering to the standard of care; and iii) the breach was the direct
cause of the patient’s quantifiable harm. The standard of care is
measured by what another healthcare provider in the same field would do
in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a neurosurgeon’s
conduct will be compared to another neurosurgeon’s conduct who is
performing the same procedure.
Like most other states, Maryland requires that a medical doctor sign off
on any medical malpractice claim. This requirement is to avoid frivolous
lawsuits and make sure the medical malpractice claim being filed has merit.
As such, medical malpractice attorneys must file a qualified statement
that the healthcare provider violated the relevant standard of care and
directly caused the plaintiff’s injury.
In a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, a number of different types of
damages are available if the plaintiff successfully establishes negligence.
The term damages simply refers to compensation for injuries. In Maryland,
a plaintiff can recover economic and non-economic damages for the harm
suffered. Economic damages can include lost income, cost of past and future
medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, therapy expenses, and more. Non-economic
damages can include intangible harm such as pain and suffering. It is
important to note that in Maryland, there is a cap on non-economic damages
but no cap on economic damages.
Attorneys Representing Medical Malpractice Victims in Prince George’s County
The surgical error attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have
over 100 years of collective experience. We have helped countless clients
in Prince George’s County and throughout Maryland, and are here
for you as well. Our highest priority is to provide compassionate and
aggressive representation to the most seriously injured.
To learn more about your legal rights and options, please feel free to
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800.