Medical mistakes on the operating table, problems diagnosing an illness, and errors in care recommendations can leave patients with injuries and complications that make their health worse. Doctors and other care providers have an obligation to provide reasonable care to their patients, and when their mistakes cause more harm than good or omit important details and considerations, they may be held liable for the harm their patients suffer.
If you or a loved one was injured during a medical procedure or suffered adverse healthcare problems because of a doctor’s errors or mistakes, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Maryland medical mistakes attorneys represent victims of medical malpractice and their families, and we work to get them financial compensation and justice for the injuries they faced. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.
Medical Errors and Injuries from Negligent Healthcare
When you go to a doctor, the doctor-patient relationship places certain legal obligations on the doctor. Doctors have some obligations not to turn away patients, but once they take you on as a patient, your doctor must use adequate care and skill to treat you as any other reasonable physician would in the same situation. If your doctor’s care falls below those standards or you suffer injuries or complications because of the doctor’s mistakes, you could be entitled to sue them for the negative outcomes.
The fact that there is a negative outcome is not by itself cause for a lawsuit. Sometimes, the complications and injuries that patients suffer are unfortunate, but they are not the result of negligence. Doctors are limited by the fact that they are human, by the limitations of medical science, and by the technology available to them. In some cases, a doctor who is in over their head should recommend you to a specialist or send you to another hospital or physician that can better treat your injuries – and it could be considered negligent not to. However, sometimes problems simply happen, even when doctors do everything right. In most medical malpractice cases, the crux of the lawsuit will be proving that it was negligence, not a normal complication, that caused your injuries.
Types of Medical Mistake Cases in Maryland
Medical mistake and medical malpractice cases can happen in any type of treatment or care. The harm you face might be limited if your doctor makes a mistake during a minor procedure or makes other negligible mistakes. This means that more serious harms and complications are usually the basis of medical mistake lawsuits, and those cases may fall into one of the following categories:
Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, and Delayed Diagnosis
In cases where your doctor should have been able to tell what was wrong with you but did not make a timely diagnosis, your condition could have gotten much worse. Lost time in a diagnosis can sometimes be the difference between a complete recovery and permanent damage. If your doctor made a mistaken diagnosis and started treating you for some other condition you did not actually have, your health could have been affected because of the unnecessary surgeries or treatments. This is especially true in the case of a mastectomy or chemotherapy after a mistaken cancer diagnosis. Continual reassurances that there is nothing wrong with you when your doctor was missing reasonable signs or symptoms can also lead to mental suffering and anguish as you question what is wrong with you or begin to accept a “new normal” that you should never have had to deal with.
Errors on the operating table can be some of the most catastrophic injuries from medical mistakes. If your doctor cuts too deep or severs a nerve or artery, you could require additional surgery to repair the injuries. Many of these complications are unacceptable and only result from negligence in the operating room.
Objects Left Inside During Surgery
It may sound outrageous that a doctor might make a mistake as serious as leaving something inside your body that is not supposed to be there, but surgical sponges, gauze, surgical clamps, and medical tools are sometimes accidentally left inside the body during surgery. These mistakes are often caused by failing to properly account for every tool or from hurrying to finish a procedure. These injuries might not be discovered until years after a procedure, and doctors might assure you that the pain or discomfort you faced was normal after a procedure, leading you to miss the true cause of the injury.
Babies are very fragile when they are born, and many complications and “birth defects” are actually caused by injuries that the doctor negligently caused during the delivery. Injuries to the brain and head can result in cerebral palsy, injuries from improper handling of forceps can lead to nerve damage, and failing to order emergency C-sections can lead to suffocation and other injuries.
Injuries while staying in a hospital might involve medical malpractice, or they could come from more mundane injuries. Medical staff and hospital staff are required to keep hospital beds and rooms clean and free of bacteria or viruses that could cause hospital-acquired infections. Moreover, nurses or orderlies might need to supervise bathroom use and walking to ensure you do not fall and get injured. Additionally, the conditions in the hospital need to be safe and accessible, especially for people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems. Any mistakes in these areas could lead to infections or injuries that cause patients harm that could have been avoided by better care.
Call Our Maryland Medical Mistake and Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was the victim of mistakes during an operation or other healthcare they received in Maryland, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Maryland medical mistake lawyers offer victims of these kinds of errors and avoidable complications free legal consultations to help them understand what their claims might be worth and how to move forward with seeking financial compensation for their injuries. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our lawyers today at (410) 694-7291.