Baltimore Victims of Emergency Room Errors Attorneys
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Baltimore
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is a leading Medical Malpractice firm in the Baltimore area. Our team has secured more than $700 million for plaintiffs nationwide. We have brought justice to companies large and small who have made others suffer due to their mistakes. Our team of seasoned professionals are not afraid to take on ‘the big dogs’ of the medical industry to ensure our clients receive proper compensation for their sufferings. We work tirelessly on your case, requiring no money upfront.
Emergency Room Mistakes
John’s Hopkins patient safety experts have determined more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical mistakes in the United States. This makes medical error the third leading cause of death in the US, beating out only cancer and heart disease. Researchers have found that medical error deaths have been high for a number of years, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s methods for classifying deaths do not include a category for malpractice.
Emergency Room medical mistakes are different from other medical malpractice areas. An emergency room is a chaotic, quickly paced environment by nature. This means that the margin of error may be higher than in a typical medical environment.
Common Causes of ER Malpractice
There are a few common types of emergency room malpractice. A diagnostic error occurs when an emergency room physician fails to diagnose a life-threatening condition such as stroke, heart attack, internal bleeding, appendicitis, or pulmonary embolism. Each of these diagnoses should be handled in a medical environment when due diligence is performed. If a physician fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a patient with these conditions, it may indicate negligence on their part.
Lack of proper treatment by trained personnel is another common type of ER malpractice. Lack of proper treatment can include failing to stabilize a patient’s neck or spinal injury, failure to secure a patient properly in a bed, failure to treat wounds properly, or failure to provide necessary medication after treatment is received.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy have handled numerous medical malpractice suits. In one case, a baby in North Carolina was born with severe birth injuries, including paraplegia, blindness, deafness, and cognitive impairment. The infant was in fetal distress during delivery and the hospital staff failed to recognize the signs. The result for this infant was a lifetime of around-the-clock medical care, all due to the negligence of hospital staff. Our firm was able to secure a settlement of $7 million in order to provide the care needed and the family deserved.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Suit in Maryland
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Maryland is three years, although there are exceptions to this rule. Each instance of medical malpractice is different from others. If you have suffered due to medical neglect, negligence, or malpractice, call us for a free consultation.
To prove negligence, a plaintiff must be able to show:
- The defendant (ER staff) owed a professional duty to the patient
- The defendant breached that duty
- The plaintiff’s injury was caused by the breach
- Resulting damages
Many medical mistakes can cause injury, suffering, long-term or lifelong effects, additional medical procedures, disability, or even death. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, call Murphy, Falcon & Murphy today. We have been successful in securing economic and non-economic compensation for plaintiffs. When you call us, we will set up a free consultation to discuss your specific situation and determine whether you may have a case that shows medical malpractice.