Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Voted “Best Law Firms” in Baltimore for Medical Malpractice Law
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy has received the honor of “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 in the field of Medical Malpractice Law for Plaintiffs. Medical malpractice is often an incredibly tragic tort, and one that you can only hope you or your loved ones never have to face. Mistakes by medical professionals can result in painful and ultimately life-changing injuries. Because of the complexity of medical issues and the required expert testimony, medical malpractice cases are often intricate and costly cases to bring to trial.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy's Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers have successfully fought for justice and compensation for victims of such injuries across the country. Our tenacious investigation and strategic approach, paired with our exemplary litigation skills and successful track record, deter defendants from fighting back. From the most basic negligence claims to complex malpractice suits, we place great care in ensuring that your medical mistreatment is righted.
Learn if you might be entitled to file a medical malpractice lawsuit by calling (410) 983-6266 today!
Medical Malpractice Definition
Medical malpractice law in the United States has evolved over time, but generally involves an injured patient (or representative of that patient) filing a lawsuit against the physician, hospital, health system, etc. claiming that the defendant’s negligence resulted in injury. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must show four elements:
- The defendant owed a professional duty to the patient
- The defendant breached that duty
- The plaintiff’s injury was caused by the breach
- Resulting damages
If a plaintiff is successful in their medical malpractice lawsuit, damages can be awarded in the form of economic and noneconomic compensation. The former takes into account quantifiable losses such as medical expenses, while the latter involves things like pain and suffering.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy has handled a number of medical malpractice cases successfully for our clients, including:
- $7 million settlement in a case involving failure to recognize signs of fetal distress leading to severe birth injuries such as paraplegia, blindness, deafness, and cognitive impairment.
- $4 million settlement in a case involving a brain injury caused by medical malpractice during birth.
When a physician’s conduct falls beneath the accepted standard of care and a patient is consequently injured or killed, there could be cause to file a medical malpractice complaint.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Some of the most notable and commonly cited medical malpractice statistics include:
- According to a Johns Hopkins malpractice study, surgical “never events” happen at least 4,000 every year. Never events are medical errors that are inexcusable, such as performing surgery on the wrong patient or body part.
- According to the Institute of Medicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals each year because of preventable medical errors.
- Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, now surpassing accidents.
- Most-reported never events to The Joint Commission (2009) include wrong-site surgery, at 13.5%, suicide at 12%, operative and postoperative complications at 11%, delay in treatment at 8.3%, medication error at 8.2%, and patient falls at 6.3%.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Maryland for most personal injury and wrongful death cases is three years. This could be three years from the date of injury (or date injury was discovered), to three years from the date of death. There are some exceptions to this rule, so be sure to get in touch with the Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys at our law firm to learn if you still have time to file a lawsuit.
HANDLING ALL TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Our attorneys handle many kinds of medical malpractice, including cases involving:
- Birth Injuries
- Medical or Surgical Errors
- Prescription Drug Errors
- Lack of Informed Consent
Call our seasoned advocates today at 410.983.6266.
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