No one should visit a hospital and end up with more health concerns than they were initially treated for. If you or someone you love was a victim of medical error, you can seek compensation.
A College Park medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Office of Adam M. Smallow can assist you in collecting the money you deserve for your injuries. We offer a free case review to explain how medical malpractice claims work and learn the details of your case. The personal injury attorneys at our firm strive to bring you justice and peace of mind when we take on your case.
Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help You Collect Fair Compensation
No amount of money can restore your health or time with your family, but receiving just compensation can at least ease the burden on your mind and finances. Maryland allows College Park residents and those around the state to pursue both economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims.
If you were injured, you can recover financial losses due to:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Home care
- Reduced earning ability
- Lost wages
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Specialized treatment
Additionally, you may be able to collect pain and suffering damages such as:
- Emotional or psychological disorders
- Ongoing pain
- Physical disability
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care
- Other pain and suffering damages
Our medical malpractice lawyers serving College Park are equipped to accurately calculate the value of all your injuries. We gather medical records, bills, and receipts to gain a clear picture of your injuries and related expenses.
For legal consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in College Park, call (410)777-8960
Our Law Firm Will Take On Your Case With No Out-Of-Pocket Costs to You
There are no costs to obtain the assistance of a medical malpractice lawyer at our law firm. We serve the College Park community and beyond on a contingency fee basis. Our attorneys only receive payment if we successfully secure monetary compensation for your injuries. This fee structure ensures there is no financial barrier to justice for those who need it most.
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How Do I Prove Medical Malpractice?
The professionals entrusted with your health should not be the ones to do you harm. You have a reasonable expectation of a standard of medical care that you should receive, but sometimes doctors and other health practitioners violate that standard.
Medical malpractice lawyers can examine your case to demonstrate that the harm you suffered was due to the actual negligence of a medical professional or facility. Negligence doesn’t come into play with all medical errors, though. We must establish that:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed
- The health care professional provided care that violated the medical standard of care that a similarly trained doctor would have provided
- The care resulted in the patient’s harm
- The harm caused you to suffer damages.
By conducting a thorough investigation, our legal team can show how medical negligence caused your injuries.
Filing Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim in College Park, Maryland
Once a case has been established, your malpractice attorney can get to work on filing your claim. In most states, including Maryland, medical malpractice cases do not start as lawsuits. There are certain steps that must be followed.
Your medical malpractice claim must be filed with Maryland’s Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office instead of in court. Within 90 days of the filing, you must file a “Certificate of Qualified Expert,” which is a letter from a medical practitioner with the same training as the physician in your malpractice claim stating that the treatment you received was below the standard of care and that it led to your injuries.
The defendant will also file his own expert certificate. A settlement from the medical provider’s insurance company may be reached during arbitration.
Choosing to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Instead of Arbitration
If you want to waive arbitration, you must send a written letter within 60 days of the defendant’s expert certificate. The defending physician may also waive the arbitration. Once arbitration has been waived, you must file your medical malpractice complaint with the court within 60 days.
Statute of Limitations for College Park Medical Malpractice Cases
Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109 mandates you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit within five years of the date of injury or three years from when you discovered or reasonably should have discovered the injury, whichever comes first.
There are many complex special rules and deadlines involved in medical malpractice cases. A personal injury lawyer at our firm can help gather the proper evidence and assemble medical experts to support your claim and move your case along.
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Types of Medical Malpractice
Malpractice can come in many different forms. It’s important to recognize that it may not always be due to outright misconduct. Seemingly minor errors can also lead to a malpractice claim.
Likewise, just because a doctor, nurse, or medical facility made an error does not automatically mean malpractice played a part. Medical professionals are not required to be perfect because medicine is not an exact science. Some negligent actions include:
- Inaccurate or delayed diagnoses
- Failure to properly administer a drug or treatment
- Prescribing the wrong drugs or dosage
- Failure to consider drug interactions
- Causing or failing to prevent infant injury at birth
- Forgetting surgical instruments inside a patient
- Lack of proper training
Contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for Help Securing Compensation
Your case is our top priority so that your health can be yours. A College Park medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you build a compelling case and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call (410) 777-8960 for a free case review today.