Do I Have Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Doctors and other healthcare workers have a duty to provide care to the sick and injured while also ensuring that their treatment does not cause additional, preventable harm. The damage that results when physicians, nurses and other workers neglect this duty often causes the most serious, life-altering types of personal injuries or wrongful death. Even worse, victims of medical negligence and their families may not even know when an error is to blame for a tragedy. However, if you sustain injuries or lose a loved one as a result of a doctor’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation through a Maryland medical malpractice claim. Maryland medical malpractice lawyer Susan R. Green knows firsthand the pain and uncertainty victims of physician and hospital negligence feel. As a survivor of misdiagnosis herself, Susan offers compassionate understanding as well as aggressive advocacy to other medical malpractice victims. In the past, she has successfully campaigned for legislation aimed at reducing medical errors and promoting patient knowledge.
With an office in Baltimore County Ms. Green serves all of Maryland including Annapolis, Baltimore, Catonsville, College Park, Columbia, Dundalk, Essex, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Rockville, Salisbury & Towson, MD.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Healthcare is an uncertain field. For example, a treatment that works for one person may not always work for another. However, there should always be certainty about the standard of care you receive from doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This means that physicians must always act in the patient’s best interest, which includes following accepted diagnostic and treatment procedures. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical worker fails to provide this standard of care, whether through action or inaction.
The injuries that result from medical negligence can vary widely and can have catastrophic effects that last a lifetime. As a Maryland medical malpractice attorney, Susan Green handles claims including, but not limited to:
- Birth Injuries
- Emergency Room Negligence
- Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- Failure to Diagnose Lyme Disease
- Medication Errors
- Surgical Errors
How Do I Know if I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Doctors, nurses and other workers typically do not tell patients and families when mistakes happen, and errors can be difficult to spot without medical training. Therefore, you may not be sure whether your injuries or condition resulted from negligence or are normal complications. However, a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer can investigate your treatment to find the answers you need.
If medical negligence did cause your illness or injury, then you may have grounds for a claim. To recover compensation for medical malpractice, you and your attorney must demonstrate:
- The existence of a doctor-patient relationship. This simply means that you sought treatment from the physician or nurse in a professional capacity.
- The doctor violated the standard of reasonable care. To determine this, the court usually considers whether another qualified professional would have acted in the same manner in the given situation. For example, your doctor may have misdiagnosed your lung cancer as the flu, causing your condition to worsen from nontreatment. If most doctors would have performed cancer screenings in that situation, then your physician likely violated the standard of reasonable care.
- This medical negligence directly caused your injury or illness. Often, the court will consider whether your condition could have been prevented if the doctor had provided a reasonable standard of care. This can sometimes present difficulties if you were already ill or injured before treatment. Therefore, it is often necessary to get testimony from a medical expert in the same field, which your lawyer can arrange.
- You suffered actual damages from the injury or illness. A lawsuit allows you to recover compensation for the monetary expenses related to your medical injury. In some cases, you can also collect additional compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other unquantifiable damages.
Injured by Medical Negligence? Contact A Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you need answers about your medical injury or loved one’s wrongful death, then reach out to Towson, Maryland medical malpractice lawyer Susan Green. As a survivor of medical negligence herself, she understands how difficult and frustrating these kinds of injuries can be. She can get you answers about what happened and can represent your interests in a medical malpractice claim, if applicable.
Hospitals and doctors often try to deny liability or dismiss the severity of your injuries. However, Susan Green can help you stand up for your right to full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. She has a reputation for aggressive advocacy because she does not back down from a fight. Please do not wait to contact Hardball Law in Baltimore, Maryland for a free initial consultation today at (410) 494-7400.