Medical malpractice can be a complicated and confusing event in anyone’s life. If you feel that you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim in the state of Maryland, then take a look at some of the frequently asked questions below to help clear things up. If you have further questions, feel free contact us to discuss them when you set up a free consultation.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is when a medical professional fails to act with reasonable care and is considered negligent. Their actions, or lack there of, led to the wrongful death or harm to a patient.
If I am Dissatisfied with My Care, Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you are unhappy with how a medical professional addressed your concerns or handled your care, you do not necessarily have a case. Negligence is required to file for medical malpractice and dissatisfaction does not necessarily mean that the professional in question acted outside of a reasonable standard of care. Treatment options and plans are not always effective and no medical professional can claim otherwise. To prove medical malpractice, you must be able to show evidence that your doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional showed negligence that led to harm.
What is a Certificate of Merit?
In the state of Maryland, a certificate of merit is required to file a medical malpractice claim. This certificate is put together by a medical expert of equal or more expertise to the accused. That is to say, if you want to file a claim against a surgeon, you will need a certificate of merit from another surgeon. This expert will need to go over the details of your case and determine whether or not the accused medical professional acted outside of what would be considered reasonable. This is a necessary step before your medical malpractice claim can be filed.
Does a Signed Consent Form Ruin My Case?
In some experimental or dangerous procedures, a medical professional may give you a form to sign that states your understanding of the known risks. However, this form does not account for negligent behavior on the part of the medical professional. If your doctor did not act within the bounds of reasonable care, then you may have a case.
What Are Some of the Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims For?
Though medical malpractice can happen to anyone in a wide variety of medical fields, some of the most common claims concern the following topics:
- Anesthesiology mistakes
- Birth defects
- Negligence concerning the elderly in nursing homes
- Failure to disclose prescription interactions
- Failure to diagnose an illness or problem
- Surgical mistakes
If you’ve experiened any of the above or another form of negligence from a medical professional, contact The Law Office of Ross W. Albers today to learn more about your options for compensation.
How Can I Get Started with a Medical Malpractice Claim in Maryland?
If you feel that you have been the victim of medical malpractice in the state of Maryland, contact the Law Office of Ross W. Albers today to set up a free consultation. You deserve to be compensated for the misconduct of medical professionals handling your case and when you work with us, we’ll see that justice is served.