The Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LawMD have recovered millions of dollars for people hurt by medical mistakes. If you or a loved one has suffered a permanent disability or death as a result of negligence by a hospital, doctor, nurse or other clinical care provider, you may be entitled to life-changing relief from your catastrophic losses. Our compassionate medical-legal professionals understand that what you’ve lost is precious. We don’t want you now to lose precious time. You need experienced legal advice now. Don’t miss your chance to fight back against the injustice you have already endured.
Our team serves patient-victims in Baltimore and all areas of Maryland. With decades of experience in the courtroom and at patients’ bedsides, our physician-attorneys are specially qualified to help you fight for the compensation you deserve in cases like yours that involved serious medical treatment.
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What are the Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case?
- There must be a doctor-patient relationship between the Defendant and the Plaintiff
- There must be proof the Care Provider breached the standard of care, such as failing to provide timely and/or appropriate diagnosis or treatment to the patient.
- There must be proof that the breach of the Standard of Care was “a substantial factor” in causing (or legally caused) the injury or death of the patient.
- It is very important that the injury is serious and not minor. This is true because of the size of the commitment required to successfully prosecute a medical malpractice case to a financially positive outcome.
When you are treated by a doctor or hospital, you are entitled to care that complies with the standards of care and patient safety that govern the particular treatment you received. This includes an entitlement to the care provider’s attention, experience and training in a manner that ensures the care complies with patient-safe clinical practices. When the care provider fails to deliver care according to the patient-safety standards governing his or her treatment decisions, you may be entitled to recover compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Bear in mind that it is not enough that there was an undesirable or even catastrophic outcome after medical treatment. Sometimes there are horrible outcomes even when hospitals, doctors and nurses have all done what was required by the Standard of Care. Because it often requires very specialized professional knowledge and skill to determine whether an injury or death was the result of Medical Negligence, it may be very helpful to your case that a team with experience in Law and Medicine initially investigates your potential claim, because you and your family may live with the answer for the rest of your lives. At LawMD, we understand the importance of your decision who to trust initially to look into your potential case and we value and respect your choice to call us first. We want to do our best to help you make an informed decision about your potential case, even if you don’t ultimately select our firm to represent you. Call us for a free, no-obligation, medical-legal evaluation of your case. Let us get you the answers you need to make the right decision for your case. We believe you’ll discover as so many of our clients have that LawMD is “the right medicine for justice.”
Very Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in any situation in which a physician or healthcare provider fails to deliver proper care, and that failure results in an injury.
Some of the most common situations that emerge as medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Failure to timely perform an emergency C-Section during delivery
- Emergency Room failures to diagnose and treat a patient for life-threatening conditions
- Surgical mistakes
- Prescription medication errors
- Defective medical device injuries
- Hospital failures to diagnose and treat a patient for life-threatening conditions
- Clinic and Nursing Home failures to diagnose or treat a patient for life-threatening conditions
Whatever you decide, be sure to act with haste to understand what legal steps you’ll need to take to protect your and your family’s future. Your action now may make the difference between a sizable financial recovery and nothing at all. The best step you can take quickly and easily that can make that difference is to make a simple call to (888) 695-2963 or (888) MY-LAW-MD, immediately and describe your potential case to our friendly staff, so one of our physician-attorneys can give you the answers that may help secure your future after your unexpected tragedy.
We are standing by to fight hard to get the settlement or verdict you and your family deserves.
Put Our Highly Experienced Physician-Attorneys on Your Side
There is no denying the complexity of medical malpractice cases. In fact, many people are reluctant to pursue a medical malpractice claim because they are intimidated by the process. They wonder how they can ever hope to take on a giant hospital system or to challenge an educated, respected doctor.
The first thing to understand is that doctors are people, too. Furthermore, hospitals are organizations run by human beings. As an organization, they are out to make money first and to care for patients second. Although many hospital systems do wonderful things for patients, never forget that they are primarily concerned with turning a profit. And, while the majority of doctors genuinely care about their patients, they are not immune to mistakes. This is the reason they carry liability insurance. When mistakes happen, innocent patients should not have to pay the price.
At LawMD, we shoulder the legal burden, so you can focus on what’s important. You shouldn’t have to worry about litigation or going up against a doctor or a hospital. We do that for you. At the same time, we make sure you always understand what’s going on in your case.
One of the first things we do is explain the medical malpractice process and what you can expect at every juncture of your case. Here is some general information you should know about the law in Baltimore that probably applies to your potential case:
The Certificate of Merit
Many states require medical malpractice plaintiffs to get an expert’s opinion on the merits of their case. Maryland is one of these states.
To bring a medical malpractice claim in Maryland, a plaintiff must file a Certificate of Merit with the court. This is an expert’s statement backing up the validity of your claim. The expert you choose can’t earn more than 20 percent of his or her income from testimony in personal injury cases—a requirement designed to stop experts from helping plaintiffs file frivolous lawsuits.
The Statute of Limitations
Maryland’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases states that a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within five years of the time that the injury occured, or within three years of the date the injury was discovered, whichever comes first.
For injuries in children, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the child turns 18. In cases where a patient dies due to medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of death.
Many factors can influence the statute of limitations in a medical malpractice case. Don’t assume too much time has passed to file your claim. Our lawyers can examine the facts of your case to determine whether your claim files within the statute of limitations in Maryland.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Damages Caps
Maryland limits the amount of damages medical malpractice plaintiffs can receive. Under state law, there are no limits on economic damages, which include things like medical bills and lost wages. However, non-economic damages are subject to caps.
Non-economic damages include damages for losses that aren’t easily quantified, such as pain and suffering. These caps are set by a mathematical formula based on the year in which the claim occurred.
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If you have been injured by a doctor’s mistake or a hospital’s negligence, don’t spend another minute paying for another person’s negligence. You have important legal rights, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The lawyers at LawMD can help you explore your options.
Call us at (888) 695-2963 or submit an online contact form today to request your free case evaluation.