Prince George’s County Medical Malpractice Attorney

A Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer at our firm can help victims of negligence or recklessness get the settlement or judgment award they need and deserve from those liable for their pain and loss.

“First, do no harm,” often ascribed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, is a cornerstone medical ethics and a leading tenet of a physician’s creed. Everything a health care professional does should carry the intention of healing and lead toward that result. When a patient turns to the medical profession for treatment, and instead sustains further injury, illness, or death, the victim and his or her surviving family members may be able to obtain financial compensation for their expenses and suffering.

Call a personal injury attorney in PG County to learn more about how you may be able to file a successful injury claim.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Physicians, health care providers, and medical caregivers are expected to provide each patient with a professionally accepted standard of care. If a doctor, nurse, EMT, anesthesiologist, or other person associated with a patient’s treatment fails to provide this standard of care, and the consequently suffers harm, then medical malpractice has occurred.

Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is a medical professional’s failure to provide an appropriate level of care, which leads to a patient’s injury, illness, adverse medical condition, or death. It is important to note that not every adverse reaction to treatment or every bad medical result occurs from malpractice. Many treatment options carry the risk of side effects or failure; however, if the treatment is unreasonable or ill-advised for a patient’s condition, a physician who prescribes the care plan may be guilty of malpractice.

Similarly, human error in and of itself may not constitute malpractice. Sometimes, doctors make mistakes that do not cause any harm. These “harmless errors” do not qualify as malpractice, and a patient who does not suffer injury as a result of the error will not be able to obtain financial compensation through a malpractice lawsuit. A medical malpractice attorney in PG County can help evaluate your claim.

What are Common Examples of Malpractice?

Medical negligence can take place at the hands of anyone involved in a patient’s care: doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, physician’s assistants, dentists, psychiatrists, and others. Through lack of communication, fatigue, carelessness, lack of training, and failure to follow established protocols, these medical professionals may make critical yet preventable errors that jeopardize the patient’s health and safety.

Medical Malpractice in Prince George’s County

Examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Improper use of medical devices
  • Surgical errors including wrong site surgery, wrong patient surgery, and surgical implements left inside a patient
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication mistakes including improper prescription, drug interactions, dosing errors, and drug administration errors
  • Diagnosis errors including failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis of cancer, heart attack, and other life threatening ailments or conditions
  • Obstetric errors and birth injuries including cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy), traumatic brain injury, delayed Caesarean section, and injuries associated with use of forceps or vacuum extraction

Though medical negligence occurs with frightening regularity, only a small percentage of these cases are ever litigated. Statistics from the American Association of Justice show that between 2004-2006, there were 38,363 payouts in medical malpractice cases, compared with 238,337 deaths from medical negligence. Because people trust their doctors to make the right choices, they may accept that a bad medical result is simply the hand they were dealt; however, if a medical caregiver’s negligence caused the unfortunate outcome, a medical malpractice claim may provide financial relief for patients who have suffered preventable, unnecessary harm.

How Do I Find a PG County Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

In order to obtain the maximum settlement or judgment, it is important to proceed with your medical malpractice claim with the representation of an experienced Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer. At Price Benowitz LLP, our skilled attorneys are passionate about protecting the people of Maryland against medical negligence. By providing effective and aggressive legal representation, we help victims of malpractice get the compensation they need and deserve.

Prince George’s County Medical Centers

Our practice includes Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the Baltimore-Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Home of the Washington Redskins, who play at FedEx Field in Landover, PG County is served by five hospitals:

  • Doctors’ Community Hospital in Lanham
  • Fort Washington Hospital in Fort Washington
  • Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly
  • Laurel Regional Medical Center in Laurel
  • Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton

If you or someone you love has been harmed by medical negligence in one of these hospitals or any other medical facility in the county, please do not hesitate to call our offices for a free, confidential analysis of your claim. We can help you determine the best course of action for holding accountable the medical professionals responsible for your suffering. Call today to get the help you need.