Medical malpractice is an insidious issue that harms patients every year. While most victims feel that medical malpractice must rise to the level of surgical tools left inside a patient or the patient’s death, there are several forms of malpractice for which you may recover compensation.
You can retain a Jarrettsville personal injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, who will help you seek compensation while you focus on making a full recovery. Remember, medical malpractice is a violation of a sacred trust made between you and a medical professional, and anyone responsible for your pain and suffering should be held accountable. You can learn more about your legal options during a free consultation with our team.
Determining Liability in a Medical Malpractice Case
Determining who is liable for medical malpractice often seems straightforward. However, several malpractice cases can fly under the radar. Our lawyers work with families every day to help them determine how their loved one was injured. Plus, we are happy to work with medical specialists who will speak to the malpractice that could have occurred.
Common defendants named in malpractice cases include:
- Nurse practitioners
- Medical assistants
Because the list of potential defendants is so long, our attorneys look closely at all the evidence to determine how the malpractice might have occurred. We will also review if it occurred multiple times or involved more than one medical professional. For example, a nurse might have told your doctor that you were “complaining too much” when, in fact, you were in dire pain.
If the doctor chose not to treat you instead of checking for themselves, they can be named in the claim along with the nurse because they were both negligent.
You may not realize that medical malpractice is occurring, and that is normal. This is especially true when medical professionals explain away inappropriate behavior or hide their actions altogether. Common forms of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Childbirth injuries
- Failure to diagnose or test for specific conditions
- Repeated failure to listen to the patient
- Medication errors
- Improper recordkeeping
- Improper dispensing of medication
- Inappropriate counseling methods
- Lack of supervision
- Failing to report abuse
- Failing to take lifesaving action
- Psychological abuse or gaslighting
This is not a complete list of medical malpractice examples. You can reach out to us about your case if you don’t see your situation listed here. We will review it for free and advise you of legal recourse you may have.
For legal consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Jarrettsville, call (410)777-8960
How Can a Jarrettsville, MD, Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help You?
When you hire one of our lawyers, you will have access to several services we provide. We are doing more than filing a lawsuit on your behalf. We will support you throughout the legal process and address your concerns and questions.
As part of our legal services, we communicate with all our clients as much as possible. Our lawyers are available via email or phone. When you become our client, we will give you a unique text number so that you can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you receive additional information or hear from the defense, you may also forward those communications to our office.
We Will Refer You to Top Medical Professionals That We Go to Ourselves
We would be glad to explain the case to your family and exhaust all legal options until your case is resolved. If needed, we can refer you to qualified medical providers that we send our own staff and family members to see. We want to help you recover as much as we can.
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Available Compensation in a Maryland Medical Malpractice Case
As you seek compensation for your suffering after a medical malpractice case, you have several types of compensation available to you. The compensation you may be eligible for changes based on the situation, the severity of your injuries, and the gross misconduct the medical professional in question committed.
Common medical malpractice damages include:
Of course, medical costs will mount when a medical professional does not treat you properly. You may seek compensation for all the medical expenses that you incurred because of the malpractice, including doctor’s visits, medications, surgeries, hospital stays, transportation, medical equipment, and psychological counseling.
Lost wages are common when filing a malpractice lawsuit. Because you were unable to work, you were not earning the money you expected. This might be especially true if you do not have accrued sick time or run a small business.
Lost Earning Potential
Lost earning potential includes all the tips, bonuses, and commissions you might have earned if you were not injured due to medical malpractice. You may calculate your lost earning potential using tax records, pay stubs, and statements from your employer.
Pain and Suffering
Damages for pain and suffering include the physical and mental pain you feel because of the malpractice that occurred.
Emotional distress includes all the psychological symptoms you experience due to the malpractice that occurred.
Medical Malpractice Cases Have State-Imposed Filing Deadlines
Maryland imposes a statute of limitations on all medical malpractice claims under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109. You have five years to file your lawsuit from the time the injury was committed or three years from the date the error was discovered. Seek legal assistance sooner rather than later so that you can get begin looking into the case and coordinate with our lawyers. We will be able to advise you of the timeline you have after we learn more about the situation.
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Wrongful Death Actions
If you lose a loved one to medical malpractice, you may seek several types of compensation. Eligible family members can seek compensation to cover expenses that have likely mounted since the malpractice occurred, such as:
- Final expenses
- Burial costs
- Administrative costs
Because a wrongful death action seeks compensation beyond a personal injury lawsuit, you may seek additional damages that relate specifically to your loved one’s untimely demise, such as:
- Loss of moral training
- Lost lifetime earnings
While families are right to be upset at the loss of someone close to them, only the immediate family or a representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death suit. Generally, these parties include:
- Dependent parents or siblings
- The deceased’s attorney or legal representative
- The administrator of the deceased’s estate
There Is a Time Limit on Wrongful Death Cases in MD
Maryland imposes a three-year statute of limitations from the date of death when filing a wrongful death action under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904.
Call MD Accident Law for a Free Consultation
A Jarrettsville medical malpractice lawyer with the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow will help you navigate your medical malpractice case. You can focus on your recovery while we manage the legal aspects of the case and help you move forward from this difficult time for you and your family.
Give our team a call today at (410) 777-8960 for a free consultation.