Doctors have a duty to provide a particular standard of care. When they fail to live up to that duty (or standard), the patients suffer devastating consequences. Infections, illnesses, and amputated limbs are just some of the injuries a patient could suffer.
If you or someone you know was harmed due to the medical negligence of a physician, nurse, or healthcare facility, you may be able to recover financial compensation. A Baltimore medical malpractice attorney at Brown & Barron can help you fight for what you deserve. We’ll get to know the details of your case and answer your questions through a free case review.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice refers to the negligence of a medical professional leading to a patient’s injury. Negligence by act or omission can be malpractice. Incorrectly diagnosing a heart problem as an infection would be a negligent act, while forgetting to administer a patient’s anesthesia before surgery would be an omission. In either situation, if it results in your harm, the healthcare professional should be held responsible.
Injuries sustained during a hospital visit can be disastrous. They may require additional medical care and force you to miss time at work and with family. At our law firm, it’s our job to consider how your life may be impacted by the careless acts of a medical professional. Some of the damages you may be eligible to recover include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Replacement services at home
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Prescription medication
- Wheelchair or other accessibility equipment
It’s our priority to pursue fair compensation for all your injuries. We aim to recover damages for every physical, financial, emotional, or psychological loss you’ve endured. There is no cap on economic damages in Maryland, so you are legally entitled to collect as much as you have lost in monetary expenses. In contrast, medical malpractice victims in Baltimore are restricted to claiming up to $860,000 in damages for pain and suffering in 2022. The cap is raised by $15,000 each year.
Skilled and Compassionate Legal Help in Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at our firm understand that their job isn’t solely about getting you money. It’s about relieving the mental and financial stress of your case. You and your loved ones should be able to focus on your physical and emotional recovery without the burden of a legal battle.
Our lawyers handle your case with our core beliefs in mind. We work hard to hold the liable party responsible, bring justice to victims, fight for people who do not have a voice, and force the negligent healthcare provider to do better for future patients. To do all of this, our medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore will:
- Speak with the defending party and their insurance company
- Compile evidence of medical negligence
- Collect medical records and important documentation, including conferring with medical experts
- Provide updates on the status of your case
- Investigate your injuries
- File your medical malpractice claim
- Advocate for your interests in negotiations
- Manage administrative tasks like phone calls and paperwork
Is the Care You Received Considered Malpractice?
Every error made by a doctor is not malpractice. There must be specific criteria met. The care you received must be below the standard of care that another doctor in the same area of practice would have provided in a similar situation.
To determine if your medical treatment failed to meet the medical standard of care, another medical expert in a similar area of medicine would need to answer the question of whether he or she would have given the same treatment. If the medical expert would not have provided the same care, you may have a medical malpractice claim. If the doctor indicates that he or she would have done the same thing, your claim may be invalidated.
How Medical Malpractice Happens
Medical malpractice can take place for multiple reasons. The doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, or medical facilities entrusted with your care might be undertrained, understaffed, or overtired. Under these circumstances, poor decisions are easily made. There are also times when a medical professional’s outright misconduct leads to a patient’s injury. Medical malpractice can result from:
- Failure to order or act on lab tests
- Applying the wrong treatment
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Prematurely discharging the patient
- Botched surgery
- Unnecessary operations
- Incorrect medications prescribed
- Leaving items inside the patient after surgery
- Forgetting to check on the patient
- Ignoring patient’s symptoms or concerns
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Baltimore.
Steps for Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Maryland
There are several steps to follow and deadlines to meet when filing a medical malpractice claim. First, your claim must be filed in arbitration. After your claim is filed, Maryland law gives you 90 days to file a “Certificate of Qualified Expert.” This letter from a medical expert explains that they have reviewed your claim and attests that you suffered injuries due to the physician providing medical care below the standard that they would have provided.
Medical malpractice claims are managed by the Maryland Healthcare Alternative Dispute Resolution Office unless you or the defending party waive arbitration. You must file a medical malpractice lawsuit with the court within 60 days of waiving arbitration.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Maryland
Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109, you have five years from the date of injury or three years after you discovered it to file your medical malpractice claim in Baltimore. If you work with our firm, our lawyers will move efficiently to meet the statute of limitations.
Brown & Barron Will Protect Your Rights
Contact Brown & Barron for help if you were injured due to the negligence of a healthcare professional. A Baltimore medical malpractice attorney can protect your rights as we pursue fair and full compensation. We can discuss your legal options during a free case review today.
Hear From Our Clients
"Brown & Barron, LLC has to be one of the best law firms in the state of Maryland, possibly the entire country. The quality of their service is second to none. They go above and beyond to serve their clients and get the job done."Eric B.
"The best professional experience I have ever been a part of. I trusted them the entire way, and they exceeded all expectations."Darius L.
"Brown & Barron provided efficient, straight-up, and straightforward services in my medical malpractice case. They answered all my questions and kept me informed every step of the way."D.D.
"After a two-year process, my case is resolved. I would like to commend and highly recommend Mr. Chris Casciano for his diligence, attention to detail, and support for myself and my family."A.L.
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We do not charge you any upfront costs for our services. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee. You will only pay us if we help you win a financial settlement or judgment. The work we pour into your medical malpractice case is done with no out-of-pocket costs to you.
If you collect monetary compensation, our law firm receives a reasonable percentage. This pricing structure works best for individuals and families who may not have access to legal representation otherwise. Everyone should be able to seek justice regardless of their financial status.
Get in touch with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Baltimore, (410) 698-1717 for a free case evaluation.