At What Point Should You File For A Medical Malpractice Suit?

Learning that your healthcare provider‘s negligence or misconduct caused your injury or illness can be devastating. However, you may not be sure whether you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit or what your next steps should be. When your injuries have had a devastating impact on your life and someone else is responsible, you should act quickly, as you don’t have long to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

With help from a medical malpractice lawyer at Brown & Baron, you could recover compensation to address the damages you suffered. You can find out what legal options may be available to you when you contact our office for a free consultation.

Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

It may not always be clear whether you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. You may be unsure whether contacting a lawyer for help is in your best interests or even worthwhile.

However, if you believe your healthcare provider acted negligently, causing your injury or illness, you may have the right to financial compensation. You should not be expected to cover the damages of your injuries or illness when someone else’s negligence or misconduct caused them.

Fortunately, consulting with our medical malpractice team is free. You can learn more about what legal options may be available to you when you contact our Maryland firm for guidance and support.

Breach in the Medical Standard of Care

For your medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, your attorney must prove that there has been a breach in the medical standard of care. Healthcare providers are held to a higher standard than other types of professions. This is because, in their line of work, people’s lives are on the line every day.

When a healthcare provider makes a mistake or medical error that another healthcare provider in the same line of work would not have made, the mistake may be considered negligence. In Maryland, acts of medical negligence can warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit.

It may not always be clear whether there has been a breach of the medical standard of care. To support your case, your attorney will need to hire expert witnesses to analyze the details of your case and provide testimony.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can take many forms. This is part of the reason why many medical malpractice victims fail to move forward with their cases—they may be unaware that they are victims of medical negligence and have a right to seek damages.

Some types of medical errors are seen more frequently in medical malpractice lawsuits than others. Some of these include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat
  • Failure to provide follow up care
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Pharmaceutical errors
  • Prescription drug mistakes
  • Improper treatment
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Birth Injuries
  • Maternal birth injuries
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Defective medical devices

These are just a few of the more common types of medical malpractice cases our firm handles. If you have been a victim of another type of medical malpractice, you can reach out to our office to discuss your options for financial recovery at no cost.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Insurance Claim

One of the top ways medical malpractice victims recover compensation for their damages is through malpractice insurance settlements. Healthcare providers are generally protected by malpractice insurance in the event of a medical mistake or error.

You can take steps to avoid settling for less than your injuries warrant by hiring a medical malpractice attorney advocate on your behalf. Our team will gather evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the adjuster for a fair settlement.

When to Bring Your Case to Court

When the healthcare provider in question does not carry malpractice insurance or the insurance company is unwilling to settle your claim fairly, your next option is to file a lawsuit against the liable party.

In filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you have your best opportunity to be repaid for all the ways your injuries have affected your life. Some of the damages you could recover in your medical malpractice lawsuit include:

  • Diminished quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
  • Disfigurement
  • Skin scarring
  • Loss of household services
  • Physical pain and suffering

Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Maryland Today

If you are still unsure whether you should pursue a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit, reach out to our team at Brown & Barron for legal guidance and support.

Our firm is proud to offer no-cost, risk-free consultations to medical malpractice victims across Maryland. Take advantage of this opportunity by calling our office today.

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