When someone seeks the attention of a medical professional, they expect their physician will make their life better, not worse. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and if you believe you were harmed at the hands of a physician, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer at once. Continue reading and contact McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today to learn more about medical malpractice claims in Maryland and how we can guide you through every step of the process ahead.
Prince George’s County Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Serving MD, VA, & D.C.
Often, when someone brings a medical malpractice case, it could potentially result in a physician losing his or her right to practice medicine. This is why physicians will typically retain aggressive legal counsel to combat your claim. This is why you should hire an experienced Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer who can fight, tooth-and-nail, to prove the sincerity and urgency of your medical malpractice claim.
Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Unfortunately, there are very many ways a physician could harm his or her patients, which is why our legal team handles the gamut of medical malpractice claims. That being said, the most common incidents of malpractice or negligence that we handle are as follows:
- Surgical Errors: Surgical errors, such as leaving surgical equipment in someone’s body or performing wrong-site surgery, can leave someone permanently injured or disabled. Unfortunately, surgical errors occur more frequently than you may think, and if you believe that your surgeon made a critical surgical error that an otherwise reasonable physician wouldn’t have, you should have a valid medical malpractice claim.
- Diagnosis Errors: When a physician fails to diagnose a disease timely, misdiagnoses a disease, or fails to diagnose a disease altogether, the medical issue in question frequently worsens, sometimes to a point where irreversible damage has been done. This is extremely scary, and can virtually take someone’s life away from them. Failing to recognize signs of serious medical conditions should never go unaddressed. Our firm can help you file a claim regarding your diagnosis error and fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Birth Injuries: Nothing is more devastating to a parent than learning that their child was harmed in the birthing process. As you know, birth injuries are not always a result of physician negligence or malpractice. However, oftentimes, certain injuries, such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, are a result of negligence or malpractice. If you believe that your child is a victim of medical malpractice, just know what you have a compassionate and dedicated team of legal advocates in your corner right here at McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P..
- Hospital Negligence: Unfortunately, many of us require medical treatment at hospitals every now and then. Hospitals treat virtually every injury and illness, from broken bones to cancer. That being said, there are times where hospital staff or ownership can behave negligently or are guilty of malpractice. This often leads to serious injuries, or, in the worst cases, death. If your hospital was negligent when treating you or a loved one, we are prepared to help in any way we can.
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim in Maryland
Proving medical malpractice in Maryland is not always easy. To win such a claim, we will have to prove several things. They are as follows:
- That you were, indeed a patient of the medical professional in question.
- That the medical professional owed you a duty of care.
- That the medical professional breached that duty of care by taking an action that an otherwise reasonable physician would not have taken.
- That the breach of care harmed you.
- That the harm resulted in you sustaining significant damages.
Our firm can work to gather and present several forms of evidence, including medical documentation and doctor’s notes, to prove that your injuries have occurred as a direct result of the act of medical malpractice.
Recovering Financial Compensation
Once we prove that a medical professional’s act of malpractice led you to sustain serious damages, you should recover financial compensation to help you heal from that act of malpractice. Financial compensation can cover both economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include past and future medical bills, lost wages from being unable to return to work, the economic value of domestic services, and more. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, can cover emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in MD
If you live in Maryland and are harmed by a medical professional, you should understand that there is a timeframe in which you are required to bring your claim. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland is either three years from the date the injury occurred, or five years from the date you discovered the injury, whichever comes first. If you wait longer than this timeframe, you will most likely lose your right to sue. Our legal team is prepared to begin the claims process on your behalf as soon as we possibly can.
Contact a Prince George’s County Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice claims are often quite complicated to win, which is why you cannot afford to hire just any attorney to represent you. Contact an experienced Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer right here at McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm. We are on your side, and we are ready to help, any way we can.