Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Trial-Ready Representation for Injured Patients in Maryland
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to properly diagnose or treat a patient. When an individual is harmed by a medical error or a failure to provide appropriate treatment results in the death of a loved one, the injured person or surviving family members may be entitled to compensation. The Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys at Brown & Barron, LLC represent clients who have suffered as a result of medical malpractice in the Baltimore, MD area.
Get in touch with our firm today at (410) 698-1717 for a free case evaluation.
Seeking Compensation for Medical Malpractice Injuries in Baltimore
Medical mistakes are far too common and it is important to hold doctors, surgeons, and hospitals accountable for injuries. If you have suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of income medical bills, pain and suffering. While many cases are resolved in a settlement, we are fully prepared to fight for our clients in court, if needed.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Hospital errors
- Birth injuries
- Failure to accurately diagnose a serious illness
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Nursing home abuse or malpractice
How Do You Prove a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you believe a medical error may have caused harm to you or resulted in the injury or death of a loved one, you should understand the process.
- The main factor in these cases is whether the doctor or hospital failed to provide a standard of care that others would use in a similar circumstance.
- The other issue is whether that failure caused injury to the patient.
Our dedicated malpractice attorneys in Baltimore fully investigate your claim, consult with physicians and experts in the field of medicine that pertains to your case, and gather evidence to support your claim.
What Counts as Medical Malpractice?
Medical results are never guaranteed, and there are often many risks associated with medical procedures and treatments. However, healthcare professionals have a clear obligation to inform their patients about these risks and take all appropriate precautions to prevent injuries. When assessing medical malpractice claims, the court will attempt to determine whether your physician upheld or violated the “standard of care.”
The standard of care will depend on the circumstances of your case, but it is usually defined as the level of care expected from a reasonable medical practitioner acting under the same or similar circumstances. If your doctor fails to meet the standard of care in a particular situation, they may be considered negligent and therefore liable for your injuries. From misdiagnosis to anesthesia errors, there are dozens of ways that a doctor, nurse, or medical specialist may act in a negligent manner.
Some of the most common medical errors include:
- Failing to obtain appropriate and informed consent from a patient
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis resulting in injury
- Patient neglect and/or failure to provide proper supervision
- Premature hospital discharge or care transfer
- Prescribing the wrong dose or type of medication
- Using a defective medical device or unsanitary instrument
What Damages Can I Recover in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In personal injury law, “damages” refers to the monetary amounts awarded to an injury victim, whether in a settlement or a verdict. Compensatory damages are intended to “make the plaintiff whole” after suffering from a preventable medical injury, so these awards will typically include compensation for medical bills, lost future wages, and other needs. These damages also include the amount needed to compensate the plaintiff for the pain and suffering (both physical and mental) that they have endured. In Maryland, there is a limit to what you can receive for “non-economic” damages like pain and suffering, and in most cases plaintiffs cannot recover more than $800,000 for pain and suffering. Our team of Baltimore malpractice attorneys can help you understand exactly what damages you may be entitled to.
Common compensatory damages in medical malpractice include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
- Lost wages and/or reduced earning potential
- Loss of consortium
Who is Liable For My Injuries?
Whether you suffer life-altering injuries at a hospital, clinic, or outpatient facility, there may be multiple parties who are liable for your losses. After all, doctors are not the only medical professionals who are required to uphold the standard of care: Nurses, midwives, therapists, chiropractors, and other medical practitioners must also act in a manner consistent with these standards. If you’re not sure who caused your medical-related injuries, our team of Baltimore malpractice attorneys will help you identify all the liable parties and hold them accountable.
What is “Informed Consent”?
Informed consent is a fundamental patient right, and while obtaining written or spoken consent from a patient is required in every state, doctors also need to make sure that there is clear communication about a procedure from the very beginning. According to the American Medical Association, doctors must be very careful to assess the patient’s understanding of a medical decision, and they must also convey all relevant information about the patient’s diagnosis and proposed treatment plan.
At the outset of your surgery, treatment, or other medical procedure, you may have been asked to sign a consent form. Even if you freely gave your consent at the time, however, you can still bring a lawsuit when there was a lack of sufficient information beforehand. Additionally, a doctor’s negligence could still entitle you to damages even when your doctor obtained informed consent for the procedure.
Discuss Your Injuries With a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Baltimore Today
Start by having your claim evaluated by a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer in our law office. We offer a free case evaluation to enable an attorney to assess your situation and answer your questions.
We work closely with our clients and you can rest assured that we will be accessible and provide the personal attention your case deserves. There are time limits for injury and malpractice cases. Do not hesitate to seek advice from our malpractice attorneys in Baltimore.
Get in touch with us today at (410) 698-1717 to schedule a free consultation.
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