Though doctors take an oath of ethics for providing care to patients, the reality is they don’t always live up to them. If you or someone you know was injured due to the medical negligence of a physician, nurse, or health care facility, you may be able to obtain financial compensation.
A Joppatowne medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you fight for the money you deserve. With our free case evaluations, we’ll get to know the details of your case to see how we can assist you.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You Recover Financial Compensation
Injuries sustained during a hospital visit can be life-threatening, requiring copious amounts of medical care and time away from work and family. At our law firm, we make it a point to consider all the ways your life may be impacted by the negligent acts of a healthcare professional. Some of the damages you are entitled to recover include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Replacement services for things you can no longer do on your own
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Prescription medication
- Wheelchair or other accessibility equipment
It’s our goal to make sure that you are justly compensated for any and all of your losses, whether physical, financial, emotional, or psychological.
For legal consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Joppatowne, call (410)777-8960
We Provide Client-Centered Legal Help
The Joppatowne medical malpractice attorneys at our firm know that our job isn’t just about getting you compensated. It’s about taking the mental and financial burden of your case off you and your family.
Our legal team handles every facet of your case from start to finish, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice and fair compensation. Our personal injury lawyers can:
- Provide consistent updates on the status of your case
- Communicate with the defending party and their insurance company
- Gather evidence of medical negligence
- Investigate the cause of your injuries
- Secure the opinions of medical experts
- File your medical malpractice claim
- Represent your interests in negotiations
- Obtain medical records necessary documentation
- Recommend expert medical care providers for your treatment
- Handle administrative tasks such as phone calls and filing paperwork
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Can I Afford Legal Representation?
We do not charge clients an upfront fee for our legal services. Our personal injury lawyers in Joppatowne work on contingency. We only receive payment if we secure you a financial settlement or judgment.
All the work we put into your case is done at no out-of-pocket costs to you. If we win you monetary compensation, our law firm receives a percentage.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the negligence of a medical professional that leads to the injury of a patient. This could be an act or an omission of the health care provider. For instance, a doctor might prescribe two medications together that interact badly in the body. This would be a negligent act.
On the other hand, a doctor might fail to give a patient a test that accurately identifies a type of bacteria in the body, leading to a misdiagnosis. This is a negligent omission.
Care That Falls Below the Medical Standard
Not all errors by healthcare workers are considered malpractice. There must be a breach of the medical standard of care. The medical standard of care is the accepted procedures that other trained medical personnel with a similar background would follow when providing treatment.
Essentially, to assess whether or not your medical treatment failed the medical standard of care, another medical expert in the same or similar area of medicine would need to answer the question, “Is this the same treatment I would have provided to my patient under the same circumstances?”
If the answer is “yes,” it is likely their care will not be considered negligence. However, if the answer is “no,” you may have a medical malpractice complaint.
There Are Multiple Types of Medical Malpractice
Physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, or medical facilities might be under-trained, understaffed, or overtired when the malpractice takes place.
Other times it might be outright misconduct that leads to the patient’s harm. Some negligent acts that could lead to a medical malpractice claim include:
- Prematurely discharging the patient
- Failure to order or act on appropriate tests
- Irregular and persistent pain after surgery
- Improper treatment of ailment
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Botched surgery
- Unnecessary operations
- Incorrect prescriptions
- Leaving things inside the patient after surgery
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Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
The process of initiating a malpractice claim can be somewhat intricate as there are multiple steps and deadlines to adhere to. To begin, your claim must be filed in arbitration. The law gives you 90 days following your claim to also file a letter from a medical expert explaining that he or she has reviewed your claim.
The letter must also attest that you suffered injuries due to the physician providing you medical care below the standard that they would have given. This is known as a “Certificate of Qualified Expert.”
The Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office handles medical malpractice claims unless you or the defending party choose to waive the arbitration. You have up to 60 days after waiving arbitration to file a medical malpractice lawsuit with the court.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice
The filing deadline for medical malpractice lawsuits in Maryland expires five years after the injury occurred or three years after you discovered it, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-109. Our lawyers will move efficiently to meet the legal deadlines.
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Can Help
Contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for help if you were injured due to the carelessness of a medical care professional.
A Joppatowne medical malpractice lawyer can protect your rights as we pursue your legal options for recovering fair compensation. Call (410) 777-8960 for your free case review today.