Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence that occurs when a medical professional, like a nurse, doctor, dentist, or surgeon, fails to perform his or her job in accordance with the accepted standard of care. People who are injured by medical malpractice are often much worse off than they were before they were hurt and may even develop life-long disabilities that can affect their daily quality of life.
For this reason, it is critical for medical malpractice victims to protect their rights by retaining an attorney familiar with Maryland law. Here are some of the more common forms of medical malpractice that can result in serious injuries.
Medication errors are an extremely dangerous form of medical malpractice and can involve failing to ask about allergies, prescribing medications that should not be taken together, prescribing the wrong dosage of a medication, or giving a patient the wrong medication altogether.
Surgical errors are among the most egregious forms of medical malpractice, as when a patient is “under” his or her life is totally in the hands of the medical team. Surgical errors may include things like operating on the wrong side of the body, performing the wrong procedure, leaving surgical instruments in the patient’s body, or failing to keep a sterile operating environment.
Diagnosis errors can take a variety of forms, including failing to make a diagnosis that should have been made based on a patient’s symptoms or delayed diagnosis. When these situations occur, patients can often go without much needed medical treatment, making their condition much worse.
Note Every Medical Mistake is Malpractice
It is important to understand that not every mistake a medical professional makes is malpractice. For example, if two conditions have similar symptoms and your doctor diagnoses you with one until it becomes clear that treatment is not working, it is unlikely that you will be able to recover compensation. If, however, your doctor fails to consider the alternative condition after it is clear that you are not responding to treatment, it may constitute malpractice, entitling you to compensation. The only way to know for certain whether a particular medical event was the result of malpractice is to have your case reviewed by an attorney.
Call a Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Medical malpractice is never acceptable and can leave victims with serious medical problems. Attorney Randolph Rice is dedicated to holding negligent medical professionals responsible and works hard to help victims recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Rice, call our office today at (410) 694-7291 or contact us online.