Emergency Room Mistakes
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 75 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 mistakes including 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 888-952-9669.