Often referred to simply as “foot doctors,” podiatrists treat a catalog of problems with the feet and lower limbs. When podiatrists commit malpractice, it can lead to huge issues, years of pain, and short- or long-term disability for their patients.
If you were injured due to the actions of a negligent podiatrist, our Baltimore podiatrist malpractice attorneys will fight for the rightful compensation owed to you. Unfortunately, some podiatrists put money before the health of their patients, but our lawyers will not stand by and allow this to continue to happen. We have helped countless clients file claims against negligent medical professionals and have successfully recovered compensation for their injuries.
About Podiatrist Malpractice Claims in Baltimore
Any person who has been injured by podiatrist malpractice can file a claim to hold the podiatrist accountable for what happened. However, to be successful with your claim, you will need to prove the following:
- The podiatrist owed you a standard of care (i.e., you were, in fact, their patient at the time);
- The podiatrist failed to provide this standard of care; and
- You were injured as a result of their failure in this regard.
A podiatrist is unlikely to openly admit to malpractice and, in most cases, will attempt to shrug off responsibility to avoid being penalized by the court and/or their medical board. A lawyer will work with you to argue your case and prevent such a podiatrist from sidelining your claim.
Get in touch with a podiatrist malpractice lawyer serving Baltimore, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
What Counts as Podiatrist Malpractice?
Podiatrist malpractice claims tend to focus on one or more of the following forms of negligence:
- Improper treatment
- Botched or unnecessary surgery
- Failure to deliver favorable results
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failure to treat post-surgery complications
- Misdiagnosis of a foot condition
- Issues with medication
- Issues with fees/billing
Frequently, many of these issues arise during:
- Bunionectomy (bunion surgery)
- Bunion treatment
- Osteotomy (surgical removal of a piece of bone)
- Arthroplasty (joint surgery)
- Neuroma (pinched nerve) treatment
Other Forms of Podiatrist Malpractice
Our firm also helps clients in cases pertaining to the following malpractices:
- Unnecessary surgery to “cure” flat feet
- Misdiagnosis of infections
- Misdiagnosis of nerve injuries
- Improper treatment of bone spurs
- Improper treatment of heel pain
- Failed hammertoe surgery
- Failed treatment of diabetic foot and/or skin issues
As you can see, podiatrists truly do treat a wide array of injuries. Various serious medical conditions—arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and more—first appear as problems with the feet and/or lower limbs. Thus, patients put a great deal of trust in their podiatrists to help them heal and prevent further injury, which is part of the reason why it is so devastating when they are negligent.
Establishing That a Podiatrist Caused You Injury
Once you file your injury claim, you must prove that negligence and malpractice occurred; only then will you be able to recover compensation for any damages.
It is wise to work with an attorney because, even if you think your claim is straightforward, a negligent podiatrist is unlikely to take the high road and admit to committing malpractice. Our attorneys will dive into the details of what happened by researching the case and reaching out to their network of experts in that field to uncover evidence and substantiate your claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim Against My Podiatrist?
There are legal deadlines for every type of claim, which the law refers to as “statutes of limitations.” A claim filed past the statute of limitations is considered ineligible and will be denied.
For podiatrist malpractice claims, Maryland law allows claimants three years from the date of the injury or five years from the date when the injury was first discovered–whichever is earlier. However, there are some stipulations to this filing window. We advise that you speak to a lawyer to figure out which deadline applies to your claim.
Potential Damages Available to Podiatrist Malpractice Claimants
Compensation is determined through an objective inspection of the damages you have suffered because of the other party’s actions. For a podiatrist malpractice claim, damages often include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills: If you had to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized because of your injury, you can include these out-of-pocket costs in your claim. This also includes doctor’s visits, medications, and medical supplies you had to pay for. If your injury requires you to need future medical care, our attorneys can calculate the value of that loss to include in your claim.
- Lost wages: If you were out of work while you recovered from your injury, you can include lost wages in your claim. This also includes any future earnings you will lose if you are unable to return to work in the same capacity because of your injury.
- Disability accommodations: This includes wheelchairs, walkers, or other assistive walking devices. You could also include any accessibility modifications you have had to make to your home or car.
- Emotional distress: If you had an unpleasant emotional reaction because of your injuries or the incident that caused your injuries, you can seek damages for emotional distress. Mental health issues associated with this damage include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
- Pain and suffering: This includes any physical pain, anguish, discomfort, or inconvenience you have endured because of your injury.
- Reduced quality of life: In some cases, your injury could negatively impact your quality of life. If you can no longer participate in sports, hobbies, or activities you used to love before your injury, you can include these damages in your claim.
Whether you are pursuing compensation via a jury verdict (in court) or the other party wants to settle(outside of court), an attorney from our firm will fight to prevent your compensation from being lower than it should be per the law.
What to Do If You Believe You Are a Victim of Podiatric Malpractice
You can take the following steps to begin seeking compensation for your injuries.
Ask for a Copy of Your Medical Records
The office where you received podiatry care must provide you with a copy of your records if requested. Our lawyers can review your records to determine if the office has made any changes to your original charts to deny malpractice.
Obtain the Images of Your Injury
Request the images you have from both your pre- and post-operative care. If the podiatrist you have been seeing refuses to take new images for you, go to a new doctor. These images can be helpful if you choose to file a claim in the future.
Get Medical Treatment
Seek medical treatment from a new podiatrist so your issues do not worsen. Getting treatment sooner can increase the likelihood of recovering from your injury.
Get in Touch with a Baltimore Podiatrist Malpractice Attorney
Attorneys familiar with podiatrist malpractice cases will know any legal complexities that may arise. At Brown & Barron, you can also expect:
- Free consultations: We review cases for all potential clients at no cost. We will answer all of your questions during the consultation and inform you of your legal options. We will also explain how we can help you recover compensation for your injury.
- No up-front costs: We work on a contingency fee. This means we do not charge you for our services unless we successfully fight your claim and recover compensation for you. We want our clients to be able to hold their podiatrists accountable without worrying about the financial ramifications.
- Dedicated attorneys: We are committed to every client and treat every case with the personal care it deserves.
We are committed to helping our clients receive the justice they deserve in Baltimore. At our firm, we understand the legal process can be stressful. Our podiatrist malpractice attorneys work hard to make sure the legal process is smooth for each of our clients.
We Offer Free Consultations at Brown & Barron
At Brown & Barron, we put our clients first because we genuinely care about them and want to help them obtain the compensation they legally deserve. We understand that a legal claim may be the only option for some individuals to be able to afford the treatment they need to heal. We also know that making a podiatrist answer for their actions in a court of law can prevent similar malpractices from happening in the future.
Our award-winning lawyers offer free case evaluations to individuals injured by podiatrist malpractice in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your claim. With more than 137 years of collective legal experience, you can rest assured knowing that your case is in experienced hands. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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