Burns can have serious physical, physiological and financial consequences for a victim. Treating burns can be a long and expensive process. If you or someone close to you has been a victim of burn injury and you suspect medical negligence was the cause, an attorney can help you determine your rights. The knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt in Baltimore have over 75 years of combined experience. We take pride in providing compassionate and aggressive representation to the most seriously injured.Medical Mistakes Can Lead to Serious Burns
Burns can sometimes be caused or made worse by medical negligence. A severe burn is one of the most painful injuries an individual can suffer. Not only is it painful, but burn victims often experience extreme emotional issues such as depression because of the scarring and disfigurement that can result from burning. Being scarred or disfigured by burns can shake an individual’s self confidence to the core. Additionally, burn victims sometimes feel anxiety about being in professional, social and even personal settings.
A healthcare provider is an individual or entity authorized to provide medical services of some sort. This definition includes hospitals, physicians, nurses and other medical staff. A healthcare provider is deemed medically negligent if he or she treats a patient below the industry standard of care. Put another way, a healthcare provider can be held liable for medical negligence if he or she failed to exercise reasonable care, leading to the patient’s harm. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent healthcare provider would act in the same or similar circumstances. Medical malpractice law serves to hold careless medical professionals accountable for the preventable harm they cause.
It is important to note that not every negative outcome will give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Rather, a medical malpractice claim will require establishing the criteria discussed above.
If an individual establishes medical malpractice, he or she may be able to recover medical costs, lost income and benefits, damages for pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, loss of normal life and more. The exact amount of recovery will vary depending on the specific nature and extent of the injuries.
In Maryland, medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time frame known as the statute of limitations. An individual filing a medical malpractice lawsuit must file it within three years after the date the injury was discovered, or five years after the negligent act took place, whichever is earlier. There are, however, exceptions to this general rule, such as in cases where the malpractice victim was a minor at the time of the injury.Medical Malpractice Attorneys Helping Injured Victims in Prince George’s County
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our medical negligence attorneys have the experience, knowledge and skill to handle cases involving burns. With years of experience, we have helped countless individuals throughout Prince George’s County and Maryland, and we can help you as well. Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, and we provide all prospective clients with free initial consultations. To learn more, feel free to contact us online or call us at 888-952-9669.