Caring for a person with quadriplegia can be extremely expensive. These
expenses can become burdensome and stressful very quickly. Based in Baltimore, the
birth injury attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have over 100 years
of combined experience and can help handle your case. We will seek compensation
for you so that the financial expenses of quadriplegia become less overwhelming.
Our motto is simple: compassionate and aggressive representation of the
most seriously injured.
Birth Injuries Can Have Lifelong Medical Consequences
Quadriplegia refers to paralysis caused by injury or illness that results
in the total or partial use of limbs and/or the torso. Many cases of paralyzing
injuries such as quadriplegia are associated with catastrophic accidents
like motor vehicle wrecks, sports accidents, and more. However, some cases
of quadriplegia occur due to the negligence of a physician, anesthesiologist,
surgeon or other type of healthcare professional when treating a patient
who is pregnant or giving birth. Individuals with quadriplegia require
extensive physical rehabilitation and therapy. Even once the therapy is
complete, these persons need a lot of support to carry out basic day-to-day
Maryland Medical Negligence Law
Medical malpractice claims are a type of negligence claim. Negligence law
is designed to encourage individuals to be vigilant in their actions or
omissions so as not to cause foreseeable harm. Medical providers are required
to adhere to a certain standard of care. This standard of care refers
to a level of professional attentiveness and knowledge that another healthcare
provider would use in the same or similar situation. The standard of care
will typically vary depending on the situation. Medical negligence occurs
when this standard of care is breached and causes harm to the patient.
In order to prevail in a medical negligence case, the plaintiff must establish
the following elements:
- The healthcare provider had a duty to act according to the standard of care;
- The healthcare provider violated that standard of care;
- The violation of the standard of care caused the patient measurable harm.
Once the elements of medical malpractice are established, the negligent
healthcare provider may be required to financially compensate the injured
party. Like a number of other states, Maryland has a limit on non-economic
damages that are allowable to a plaintiff who wins on a medical malpractice
claim. The limit on non-economic damages under Maryland Law is $725,000.
Non-economic damages include intangible damages such as pain and suffering,
loss of enjoyment, and more. There is no similar limit on the amount of
economic damages a plaintiff can recover. Economic damages include tangible
damages such as medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost income, medication
expenses, therapy bills, and more.
Lawyers Helping Medical Malpractice Victims in Prince George’s County
Quadriplegia is a condition that is devastating to almost every aspect
of a person’s life. When you or your child suffers such a serious
condition, medical bills can start to pile up very quickly. We understand
the enormous strain that families often endure just to get by. This is
precisely why we are committed to pursuing the compensation patients deserve
for their injuries. Serving clients throughout Prince George’s County, our
medical malpractice lawyers have the compassion and competence to handle cases involving quadriplegia.
To learn more, feel free to
contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800.