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 burn injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman
& Offutt in Baltimore have over 100 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.
Burn Injury 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 (410) 567-0800.