Injured by a doctor?
Know your rights.
When you or a loved one is the victim of hospital negligence, it can be devastating and life-changing. Medical malpractice leads to physical, emotional and financial pain. Whether its impact is short- or long-term, you have the right to be compensated for any losses that arise from a medical practitioner’s negligence.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals are highly specialized and trained individuals who have a duty of care toward patients. They are required by law to take reasonable precautions to avoid harm. When that duty is breached and a patient is injured or dies, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The most common medical malpractice scenarios involve:
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Prescription medication errors
- Unnecessary surgery
- Nursing home neglect
- Delayed diagnosis
- Errors in treatment and care
- Improper treatment
- Failure to warn patient of known risks
Am I eligible for a claim?
In order to prove that malpractice has occurred, you should be able to show all of the following:
- A doctor-patient relationship was present. You must have a relationship with the medical professional you are suing. You must have made an agreement to use this doctor, and the doctor agreed to treat you as a patient.
- The doctor was negligent. To sue for malpractice, you must provide evidence that the doctor caused you harm or was incompetent. The doctor’s care isn’t required to be the best, but rather he is required to be “reasonably skillful and careful”. This is difficult to prove and is normally at the heart of every malpractice case.
- The doctor’s negligence is the cause of the injury. Because most people who are visiting doctors are already sick, it is sometimes difficult to prove that the doctor is the cause of the death or injury, and not the illness itself. In most cases, the patient must have a medical professional testify that the doctor is at fault.
- Your injury led to damages.
What are Medical Malpractice Damages?
In order to recover money from your malpractice claim, there must be damages present. If you suffered no harm, then there is essentially nothing to sue for. The most common damages resulting from medical malpractice in Maryland are:
- Physical Pain (short-term or long-term)
- Mental Anguish
- Medical Bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
Get the Help You Need Today
If you or a loved one’s medical injuries were caused by the negligence of a medical professional, then call Albers & Associates to schedule a free consultation today. We have extensive experience in medical malpractice claims from Carroll Hospital, Howard County General, and many other Maryland medical institutions from Westminster to Towson , to Columbia, and more. Albers & Associates offers contingency fee arrangements: No Recovery. No Fee. No Expense.
If you have more questions, you can check out our Medical Malpractice FAQ for more information.
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Personal Injury FAQ
What Qualifies as 'Serious' Personal Injury?
A case is categorized as a serious personal injury if any of the following resulted from the accident:
- Severe brain trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- 3rd degree burns
- Any injury that causes serious and long-term disfigurement
What is a Wrongful Death Accident?
Our attorneys can successfully get you the compensation you deserve in a wrongful death case, which is when a loved one has died due to the carelessness or negligence of another person involved. Spouses, life partners, children, and other family members of the deceased can be entitled to recover damages for both emotional and financial loss.
Who is Liable for a Car Accident in Maryland?
Finding the person at fault in a car accident comes down to proving negligence on one or both sides of the equation. Whether you’re another driver or a pedestrian, you will need a lawyer to come to your defense. Because the state of Maryland employs a contributory negligence rule, your entire case will be at risk if the opposing counsel can prove that you were negligent in anyway.