When you go to the hospital, see a doctor, or undergo surgery, you typically trust medical professionals to be attentive and provide you with the proper care you need. But in some cases, medical professionals make mistakes, and these mistakes can have devastating results. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex and require legal experts to help you get a good outcome. A Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC will provide legal aid that will represent your best interests.
Medical malpractice cases often have a statute of limitations, or a time limit in which you can make your claim. Maryland has a statute of limitations of five years since the injury happened or three years since the injury was discovered. It’s important to start your case as soon as possible so you give your case plenty of time and so you remember details clearly. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC has skilled lawyers with medical malpractice experience who are ready to stand by your side.
What Are the Types of Medical Malpractice?
Any medical care provider can make an error that causes injuries, and there are many kinds of medical malpractice cases. The following are medical malpractice cases that our legal team commonly handles and has had successful outcomes with verdicts and settlements.
- Surgical Errors. Surgeons can make errors that include operating on the wrong person, performing the wrong surgery, or operating on the wrong part of the body, called wrong-site surgery. There’s also a chance that medical tools, gauze, or tape will be left in the patient after surgery. This leads to complications like infection or pain and will require another surgery to correct it.
- Misreading Tests. Medical tests like MRIs or X-rays can provide crucial information about a patient’s condition. If a doctor misses a detail or doesn’t recognize something on the test, it may take longer for the patient to get a correct diagnosis.
- Failure to Diagnose or Recognize Symptoms. Doctors could fail to recognize symptoms of life-threatening problems like a heart attack or stroke. In those cases, symptoms need to be caught as early as possible.
- Doctors may also look at symptoms and diagnose a patient incorrectly. They’ll start treatment for the wrong illness and fail to treat the correct one.
- Medication Errors. Patients may be given the wrong medication or an improper dose. Incorrect medication could threaten health and an improper dose could make patients more likely to fall.
- Birth Injuries. Birth complications can cause permanent damage to the baby. Oxygen deprivation can cause cerebral palsy. Pulling on the infant can cause Erb’s Palsy or other brachial plexus injuries.
- Emergency Room Errors. Emergency rooms are usually full of people who need immediate attention. The staff need to be able to get to people quickly, but still make sure they’re following protocols. When those protocols are broken, the patients’ safety may be at risk.
- Hospital Falls. Falls can seriously injure older patients and occurs when there is inadequate supervision and a lack of safety precautions to prevent falls.
- Nerve and Perforation Injuries. When there’s too much pressure on the nerves or the bowel or bladder, nerves can be damaged and the bowel or bladder can get perforation injuries, and cause further complications after surgery.
- Chiropractor Malpractice. Incompetent chiropractors can worsen pre-existing conditions. This could mean injuring vertebrae in the spine or aggravating herniated disks. Spinal injuries can lead to issues with mobility and affect how the patient lives their life in the future.
These aren’t the only types of medical malpractice cases we handle. If you’ve been hurt with an injury that could have been prevented if a medical care provider hadn’t made a mistake or acted negligently, we’ll evaluate the merits of your case.
What Causes Medical Malpractice in Maryland?
When a mistake is made by a medical professional, you may wonder how it occurred. You may also need to know this detail for your medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice can happen because of the following reasons:
- Lack of Communication. There needs to be communication between staff about the patient to get the best care possible. Miscommunication or no communication at all could prevent a healthcare provider from getting crucial information about their patient.
- Staff Issues. Some facilities may not have enough staff to properly attend to every patient. Those who do work there are most likely overworked and fatigued. Exhaustion could easily cause a person to make a mistake.
- Incorrect Information. Everything important about a patient is in their medical records. The healthcare providers depend on that information to treat their patients. Mistakes or missing information could have fatal consequences.
One of our medical malpractice lawyers will investigate your case to find the cause of negligence, whether is was a clerical error made by the hospital administration or a doctor was negligent when they were supposed to be helping you.
What Does Your Medical Malpractice Claim Need?
Your medical malpractice lawyer will put together the important elements of your claim so you can get a favorable settlement.
- Prove Doctor-Patient Relationship. There needs to be proof that you sought medical care from a healthcare provider and they agreed to treat you.
- The Doctor Acted Negligently. With the help of medical expert witnesses, they can show that your healthcare provider failed to meet a duty of care and any other competent healthcare providers would have acted differently in the situation.
- The Doctor’s Negligence Caused Your Injury. Link the negligence to your injury. This can be done with copies of medical records.
- How Your Injury Has Affected You. Then you can show that your injury has caused pain, made your life difficult, or could have prevented you from doing your job. Keeping a log of your injury and how it impacted your life could help your claim.
There’s a chance that your claim won’t be settled out of court. Should the case need to continue proceed in order for you to get the appropriate compensation, Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC is prepared to take the matter to the next level and fight for you in the courthouse.
How Can a Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help You?
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a medical care provider’s negligence, you can seek legal options from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC. We’re here to represent the citizens of Maryland and provide excellent legal services to make sure you get the compensation and benefits like pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earnings, medical expenses for the past and future.
Our attorneys know the nuance and work required to get a successful medical malpractice settlement. We will fight to get you a favorable outcome with a combination of legal expertise, knowledge of specific injuries, and the cost of treatments and recoveries. We’re ready to give you the help you need. Get in touch with us at (800) 895-5333 so you can schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers at no cost.