When people in Baltimore seek medical treatment, whether it is from a doctor, nurse, dentist, or another medical professional, they expect to be provided quality care. Individuals place their faith in their healthcare providers to treat their conditions and those of their family members. However, not every medical professional in Baltimore provides the level of care their patients expect or deserve. In the most unfortunate cases, negligent or poor care results in worsening symptoms, adverse medical complications, and even death.
When a healthcare provider harms a patient, instead of healing them, the injured person is entitled to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer is dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for the errors they make and the harm they cause. If you or a loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Baltimore
Medical malpractice occurs in a variety of different ways. Our office handles many types of cases arising from the negligence of physicians, nurses, and hospitals.
Every surgical procedure has inherent risks. However, when your surgeon or their team makes an error or an oversight during the procedure, you could be facing life-altering complications.
One of the most common mistakes made during surgery is leaving surgical tools or sponges inside a patient. If left untreated, a left-behind instrument is liable to puncture a vital organ or cause an infection.
Surgeons also make errors during the procedure, including cutting or damaging a blood vessel or internal organ. In some situations, a surgeon will operate on the wrong body part. If a patient’s vital signs are not adequately monitored during a surgical procedure, the surgical team could easily miss a drop in blood pressure or another catastrophic complication.
After a surgical procedure, a patient often requires post-operative care and surveillance. If a patient’s symptoms and vital signs are not monitored regularly, they could develop a life-threatening infection or other complications due to the surgery.
We rely on our doctors to diagnose and treat our medical conditions. When a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, a patient might not receive the necessary treatment. In some cases, a patient might receive a treatment that makes their situation worse.
Some conditions could be fatal if not diagnosed. For example, if your doctor fails to diagnose a form of cancer, you might not be able to treat it once it is finally discovered.
Mistakes in diagnoses also occur during diagnostic tests. Doctors rely on other medical professionals to properly administer and interpret specific tests. When there are errors in the administration of a test or when reading the results, a misdiagnosis is likely to happen.
Medication is an essential part of medical treatment. However, when a patient is given a wrong prescription or the medicine is administered improperly, harmful complications could occur.
Some common errors include prescribing medication that harmfully interacts with medication the patient is already taking and administering or prescribing the incorrect dosage.
If you believe you are the victim of any of the above types of medical malpractice or any other medical error, contact our Baltimore personal injury attorney immediately.
Proving Negligence in a Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Medical malpractice claims, like other personal injury lawsuits in Baltimore, are based on the legal doctrine of negligence. However, doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals are usually not going to admit they committed an unjustifiable error. To prevail in a civil lawsuit, our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer will have to prove that negligence occurred.
To do this, our office will have to establish that your doctor, or the hospital, deviated from the accepted standard of medical care. Furthermore, the deviation must have caused your injury. You must have also suffered actual harm, such as adverse complications, more medical treatment, and physical pain.
Proving negligence in a medical malpractice case is challenging but not impossible. However, litigation is complicated and expensive. Our office will require expert medical testimony from another qualified physician to establish that the care you received was substandard. In fact, a medical malpractice claim in Maryland requires a certificate of merit from a qualified medical professional to move forward. In addition to the expert testimony, our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer will have to gather other evidence, such as medical records, background checks on your doctor and hospital, and documentation of your financial losses.
Damages Available to Victims of Baltimore Medical Malpractice Claims
If you experienced an injury due to medical malpractice, you are entitled to financial compensation. The damages available in civil litigation usually fall into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the out-of-pocket expenses and financial losses associated with your injury. These include the cost of medical treatment, transportation to and from appointments, and any other costs associated with your care. Additionally, you could recover any wages you lost or will lose in the future.
Non-economic damages are more challenging to calculate and include things such as emotional distress and mental anguish. Pain and suffering fall under this category of damages as well. It is important to note that Maryland places a cap on the amount of non-economic damages a plaintiff could receive. Because this amount is based on when the incident occurred, you should speak with our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer to determine how the cap could impact your case.
Call Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a Free Consultation
When trusted doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other healthcare providers make an unjustifiable error, patients could experience devastating or fatal complications. Our Baltimore and Maryland medical malpractice lawyer is committed to fighting for the rights of those harmed because of preventable mistakes. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation.