What is Medical Malpractice in Maryland?

Medical malpractice claims are where a person, or a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer on their behalf, asserts that while  he or she is under the care of a medical care profession, they’re injured by said medical professional due to the fact that that medical professional failed to exercise ordinary medical care and skills based upon the standard of care based on his or her profession.

Another common cause of action related to medical malpractice claim is the breach of informed consent. This occurs because the health care provider has a duty to his or her patients to communicate information to enable a patient to make an intelligent and informed choice after a full and frank disclosure of the material risks and benefits regarding a proposed course of medical treatment.

What Are Some Common Medical Malpractice Cases You See in Maryland?

Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice that attorneys see in Maryland are damage or injury occurring during the surgical procedure, damages or injury resulting from a failed surgery, including non-union or  a malunion of bones, various infections that arise from hospital stays or surgical procedure, when a patient is not attended to properly, a failure to recommend a diagnostic procedure or test, a failure to timely perform a diagnostic procedure or test, a failure to timely and accurately monitor  a patient’s condition, for example a failure to diagnose a tumor or a growth.

At What Point Does Something go From a Mistake to Medical Malpractice?

Medical mistakes are likely medical malpractice. Some medical treatment will result in adverse side effects such as nerve damage, infections or other problems and complications all together that a person may not be aware of for quite some time.  Some side effects and adverse conditions can be expected. The malpractice comes for a side effect or adverse reaction as the result of a doctor’s mistake or breach of standard of care.

You will usually discover the mistake or malpractice when you consult with the doctor that performed the treatment or procedure or consulted a doctor for a second opinion to evaluate whether the first doctor made a mistake or error  in your treatment.

What Should Someone Expect From Meeting With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

If an individual believes that they may have been a victim of medical malpractice by a doctor or hospital, the first thing that we would do after speaking with the client would be to obtain the medical records from the doctor or hospital where he or she believes that a medical malpractice may have occurred.

This is extremely important because in a medical malpractice case, the medical records will show whether a malpractice occurred or not.

We will also want to obtain the medical records from any other hospital, doctors or other health care providers who provided medical treatment to you following the alleged acts of medical malpractice.

After obtaining the medical records and having them reviewed by our doctor, we’ll be in a better position to evaluate the merits of your potential medical malpractice claim.