A medication error can lead to severe long-term and even deadly consequences. These preventable mistakes should not be passed off as the normal or acceptable risks of receiving health care. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a medication mistake, you may be able to recover monetary compensation. At Brown & Barron, a Catonsville medication errors attorney can help determine the facts of your case and file a medical malpractice claim. A free case review is available to you so that we can inform you of your rights and legal options.
Your Compensation for Medical Malpractice is Based on Your Total Losses
Medication errors are a form of medical malpractice (also called medical negligence.) Under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-2A-09, you have the right to claim economic and non-economic damages for your harm. This means that you can be compensated for the financial losses you have suffered from your medication error injuries and your non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering.
These losses can include:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Pending and future medical bills
- Physical therapy expenses
- Medical equipment and devices
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
If someone you love has died due to a medication error in Catonsville, Maryland, you can file an action for wrongful death. Wrongful death claims are compensable for several different types of losses, including:
- Loss of support
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of services
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pending medical care expenses
- Other end-of-life care costs
Having a medication error lawyer on your side will aid you in collecting the money you and your family deserve in such a devastating time.
Get in touch with a medication errors lawyer serving Catonsville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive in My Medication Error Case?
Compensation in malpractice claims varies on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could receive will be based on the above factors and the impact your injuries have on your life. A Catonsville medication error lawyer at our firm will be able to evaluate your injuries and losses once we have heard your story, gathered the appropriate documents, and consulted with the necessary healthcare experts.
How Does a Medication Errors Lawyer Help My Case?
Your life may never be the same, but our legal team will work hard to help bring you some relief, closure, and peace of mind. We will initiate a medical malpractice claim on your behalf to serve that goal. As personal injury cases go, medical negligence is one of the most challenging to undertake.
A case for medical malpractice must do more than assert that you suffered harm at the hands of a medical professional.
A medical malpractice attorney can help determine if you have a viable malpractice case. In doing so, we will consider whether your case meets the threshold to be considered negligence. As your legal counsel, we will help establish that:
- The medical practitioner who made the medication error owed you a duty of care
- They violated the medical standard of care that medical professionals in the same field would have provided in that situation.
- The care they provided led to your injury
- Your injuries caused you to suffer damages.
Our law firm will conduct a deep investigation into the cause of your injuries to discover who is at fault and recover the evidence to prove it.
Medical Malpractice Claims are Legally Complex
After we have established that you have a viable case, we can begin working on filing your claim. Multiple legal rules and procedures must be followed to initiate a medical malpractice claim. Our attorneys are experienced in handling the complexities associated with these requirements. For example, medical malpractice claims must be filed with Maryland’s Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office rather than in a court of law.
One of the requirements of filing said claim is that you present a letter from a qualified medical professional asserting that your health care treatment did not live up to the standard of care that should have been provided. This letter can only come from a healthcare professional in the same field or with similar training as the healthcare practitioner in your case. It is called a “Certificate of Qualified Expert” and must be submitted within 90 days of your claim filing.
Our lawyers will obtain the appropriate qualified medical expert to review and support your claim, a task that may be difficult to accomplish on your own. However, as this forms the entire basis of your claim (without it, there is no medical malpractice case), it may be in your best interest to leave it to an attorney.
We Will Meet the Legal Deadlines in Maryland for Your Case
Much of your medication error case will be time-sensitive. In addition, a statute of limitations in Maryland generally allows five years from the date of your injury or three years from the date of discovery to file a lawsuit in court. A lawyer with our firm will take on your case and ensure the legal deadlines are met timely.
Common Types of Medication Errors
Medication errors can be made in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medication to patients. Further, they can be made in many areas of the healthcare industry, such as in the emergency room, during a hospital stay, at a nursing home, during surgery, or during a routine doctor’s visit. Some common types of medication errors are:
- Prescribing, dispensing, or administering the wrong medication
- Administering or dispensing the incorrect dose of medication
- Labeling the medication incorrectly
- Prescribing or administering a medication that the patient is allergic to
- Prescribing or administering a medication that results in an adverse drug interaction with another medication
- Failing to provide proper notice about serious side effects
- Filling the wrong drug at the pharmacy
Discuss Your Claim with a Medication Errors Lawyer Serving Catonsville Today
A Catonsville medication errors attorney at Brown & Barron could fight for your right to compensation if you or a loved one were injured due to a suspected mistake in providing medication. Our case results have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients throughout our history. Let us work to do the same for you. Contact our firm for a free consultation today.
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