When you’re seeking medical treatment for an injury or illness, you trust your doctor to treat the ailment to the best of their ability—and you won’t walk away with more injuries than when you started. If the professional caring for you makes a mistake or acts negligently, your health could be put in jeopardy. The injuries you incur from this error could prolong your recovery time and require expensive medical care. It’s important for victims to have people who will stand up for them and hold the negligent people accountable for their actions. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC has the experienced Glen Burnie medical malpractice lawyers necessary to help you fight for your rights.
Analyzing medical reports, gathering evidence of what happened to you and how you were harmed, and getting an expert witness to give their professional opinion about your care are all important tools our firm will use in your medical malpractice case. Our lawyers in Glen Burnie are prepared to take your case to trial if that’s what it takes to get you the justice you deserve. As you begin your case, you may be wondering how your injuries happened. Let’s take a look at what can result in medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Can Occur in a Variety of Ways
Negligence may be the root of your injuries. Part of our job is to figure out how a medical care provider acted negligently. The mistake that harmed you may fall into one of the following categories:
- Staff Errors
- Procedural Errors
- Hospital Errors
A staff error could refer to a mistake made by a doctor or nurse while administering care. For example, if you go to the doctor and explain your symptoms, they’re supposed to use tests and other methods to rule out illnesses or injuries you don’t have so they can figure out what’s wrong and begin treating it. They may miss an important symptom or think you have something that you do not, resulting in a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis. If this occurs in the emergency room where a person is having difficulty breathing or experiencing chest pains, they should be seen immediately. Patients with potentially life-threatening symptoms may suffer more injuries if the E.R. delays their medical attention.
Then there are procedural errors that can occur in hospitals. When someone undergoes surgery, there are supposed to be protocols for pre-op, operative, and post-op care. This ensures the patient’s safety and they get the treatment they need. If there aren’t protocols in place, surgical errors can occur. A common issue is wrong-site surgery, where the surgeon performs the wrong procedure on a patient or does the surgery on the wrong body part. Wrong-site surgeries happened in about 1 per 113,000 operations between 1985-2004. Surgeons can also make the mistake of leaving medical tools and sponges inside a patient. If this happens, the patient will likely experience pain and will need to have corrective surgery to remove the objects.
Anesthesia is also typically a part of surgical procedures. The patient needs to be given the correct dosage of the correct medication—if a patient gets an incorrect dose, they may experience complications during or after surgery. If a patient is given anesthesia that was meant for someone else, they could have a reaction or have difficulty waking up. Any medication error can have life-threatening consequences.
Sometimes, errors can occur because of a negligent facility. The hospital needs to take preventative measures so patients won’t be put at risk while they’re there. Infection and disease can spread quickly in a hospital that doesn’t keep up with sanitation and safe practices. There could also be poor communication about the status of a patient between those taking care of them. If everyone isn’t on the same page, the patient could possibly not get the care they need.
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Glen Burnie will find out what went wrong and how. We’ll also gather evidence of your injuries you suffered after the medical error. With this information, we’ll begin to build your case.
Our Experience in Medical Malpractice Cases Can Help You Recover
When you’ve been hurt because of a medical professional’s negligence, our firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Glen Burnie lawyers know which laws will apply to your case and what you’ll need to prove in your case. In most medical malpractice cases, you will have to establish that the medical professional owed you a duty of care, they failed to meet that duty of care, their actions caused a medical error, and the medical error resulted in your injuries and losses.
We’ll also consult with medical experts who can provide testimony about your injuries. There are specific requirements an expert witness will have to meet, but our firm will find an appropriate witness who can provide insight into how your treatment was negligent and your injuries could have been prevented if the medical care provider hadn’t acted how they did.
Our lawyers will make sure your compensation reflects the economic and noneconomic damages of the mistake. Your economic losses will include lost wages if you’d had to miss work because you were in the hospital or recovering. Past and future medical expenses are also considered economic losses. This total will reflect the costs of what you’ve suffered financially. On the other hand, noneconomic losses cover the other consequences of the mistake. Your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life may not have an effect on your finances, but they are still significant complications you had to live with because of another person’s negligence. Our medical malpractice attorneys will take all of the above into account when determining the compensation you’re owed.
When you’ve been harmed by a medical professional, it’s important to act quickly. You want to have trusted representation at your side when you’re coming forward with a medical malpractice claim. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC is prepared to advocate for you and demand you get fair compensation. Start your legal journey and contact us today.