Types of Negligence In Baltimore Medical Malpractice Claims
Many people put their trust in the staff, doctors, and hospitals charged with taking care of their health. As a matter of fact, medical professionals and doctors take an oath to do no harm to their patients when entering an office. Many people would agree to the fact that our country’s physicians dentists, nurses, surgeons, and other medical staff, as well as the medical centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics that give them employment, have our best interests at heart when we entrust them with taking care of our health.
Unfortunately, errors, and mistakes in judgment, as well as negligence, do and can happen in the medical setting. This results in the patient suffering from wrongful death or permanent injury. Most people think that medical malpractice emanates from the doctor’s mistakes alone. However, it often involves more than one single party or institution where health care was administered. Moreover, it also involves a complex series of events that may have led to the sad event.
If someone sustains injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is imperative to speak with skilled medical malpractice lawyers to better understand what may have happened and what action you may be able to take.
Medical Malpractice and Maryland Law
In Maryland, medical malpractice is often considered as a negligence claim. However, it is governed by specific regulations and laws regarding burden, liability or proof, and notice to any contemplated defendant. Medical malpractice occurs in many forms:
- Failure to meet the care standards
- Misdiagnosis (including errors in diagnosis made during CT scans, X-rays, and the failure to treat the disease or condition)
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Birthing errors or birth injuries
A shocking study revealed that medical errors are considered to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Maryland is one of the states that does not compromise with the negligence law. After a situation involving medical malpractice, remember these steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Get copies of medical records
- Don’t speak to an insurance company
- Don’t handle the case on your own
At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys have the necessary experience and knowledge to help clients get the results they need. We know how to handle insurance and the state legal systems.
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