Dealing with the aftermath of a medical injury can be a complex and often overwhelming experience. You may be facing financial stress due to the additional treatment required to recover from injuries after the initial treatment. If you were hurt due to the actions or inactions of a medical provider, you might be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses.
When you work with a Bowie medical malpractice lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we can help you pursue a claim against your medical provider. We can explain your options, ensure you meet applicable time limits, and build evidence to prove your malpractice claim.
Determining How Much Your Medical Malpractice Case Is Worth
All medical malpractice cases are different. Therefore, the total amount of compensation you can expect will depend on the specific facts of the medical error, the impact on your daily life, and the nature of your injuries. However, you can get an idea of how much your case is worth by determining which available damages apply in your situation.
Our medical malpractice attorneys can help you determine if the following damages are available in your case:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Lost income
- Future lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
While there is no limit to the amount of calculable economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, Maryland limits subjective non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-2A-09, the cap for non-economic damages is set at $650,000.00, with annual increases to the limit of $15,000 starting in 2009. We can explain how these limits apply to your case depending on when the medical error occurred.
For legal consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Bowie, call (410)886-6215
How MD Accident Law Can Help with Your Malpractice Claim
The effects of a medical error on your life can be significant. For example, you may have high medical bills and suffer emotionally after discovering the injury. Our medical malpractice lawyers are committed to helping you build a claim for compensation after a medical error. In addition, we work with you to hold a medical provider responsible for your injuries and other losses.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and the possible legal options available. As we build your case for medical malpractice, we may be able to help in several ways, including:
- Explain various Maryland medical malpractice laws and how they apply to your claim
- Answer your questions and examine possible legal strategies for pursuing your claim
- Determine which damages apply to your case and carefully calculate a case value that represents your total losses
- Recommend highly qualified medical providers, the same professionals our staff and family would see for treatment
- Represent you in negotiations and during mandatory arbitration with the Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office
- Gather evidence required to prove your claim, including your medical records, the medical provider’s history, and other documentation related to the injury
- Communicate the status of your case at every stage and provide advice on when to settle and when to continue negotiations
- Ensure you understand the various time limits that apply to medical malpractice cases in Maryland
Additionally, we are available through email, phone, and a dedicated text number so that you can reach us with questions or concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After a medical error in Bowie, our malpractice lawyers are here to help you pursue a claim for the compensation you need to recover.
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What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to situations where medical providers fail to provide the level of care and treatment required in that particular situation, whether through their actions or inactions. Medical malpractice can occur at any health care facility in Bowie, including UM Bowie Health Center, Patient First Primary and Urgent Care Bowie, and MD Medical and Wellness Center.
Medical malpractice can include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Lack of informed consent
- Inadequate training
- Inadequate staffing
All doctors and other medical professionals must provide adequate care during treatment. If your medical provider fails to provide the same level of care as someone with similar training and qualifications, they may be liable for your injuries. Our malpractice attorneys can explain how this applies in your case and explain your potential options for recovery.
Proving Your Case for Medical Malpractice
To pursue compensation for medical malpractice, the following elements must exist in your situation:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- They breached the required duty of care
- You suffered injuries as a result of the breach
- You have damages and losses due to the injury
We can work with you to explain how each of these elements applies to the facts of your case and work with you to build evidence to support each element.
Maryland Law Limits Your Time to Take Legal Action Against the Provider
Various time limits apply to your medical malpractice case. It is essential to understand the time limits in your case to ensure you protect your right to seek compensation after a medical error. First, according to Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-2C-02, you must file a certificate from a qualified expert within 90 days of filing your claim.
Next, according to the statute of limitations for medical malpractice outlined in Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109, you have five years from the date of injury to file your case in court. However, if you did not immediately discover the injury, you have to file your claim three years after the discovery date. There are also other specific limits in some instances, such as birth injuries.
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Speak with a Medical Malpractice Attorney About Your Claim Today
If you were injured due to a medical error by a provider in Bowie, our medical malpractice lawyers can help. We understand how challenging it can be to deal with the impact of a medical injury, and we are here to assist you in your claim for compensation.
Call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow at (410) 777-8960 for your free consultation to learn more about how we can help with your medical malpractice case.