Silver Spring Medical Malpractice Lawyers- Client Reviews
Have you or someone you love been the victim of medical malpractice?
If you sustained injuries due to medical malpractice or negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. The Silver Spring medical malpractice lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan are ready to help. Our firm has over 20 years of experience advocating for victim’s rights, recovering millions in compensation on behalf of our clients. This includes $4.5 million for the victim of a delayed diagnosis.
Partner Kevin Goldberg is past president of the Maryland Association for Justice and a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100.
We offer a free consultation to determine the merits of your claim. You are not obligated after this initial meeting to have us represent you, but if you do, there are no upfront fees to use our services. You only pay us at the end of the legal process if we help you obtain a settlement or verdict.
We are here to help. Call today: (888) 213-8140.
How Do I Know I Have a Case?
Our legal team will need to review your situation in a free case review. Multiple factors can lead to medical malpractice. To help assess whether you have a case, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did your doctor keep details from you about your health or medical condition?
- Did your doctor fail to tell you about all the known risks of surgery and one of these risks caused you harm?
- Was treatment delayed because your doctor failed to test or diagnose your medical condition in a timely manner?
- Did your medical condition get worse after being discharged too early from your doctor’s care?
- Have you suffered adverse reactions from any medication you were prescribed?
- Were you or your child injured during labor and delivery due to faulty equipment?
If the answer is “yes” to one of these questions, or you have other reasons to suspect substandard care, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. Do not hesitate to seek help and know your rights. There is no cost to speak with a licensed Silver Spring medical malpractice lawyer at our firm today.
How Can Goldberg Finnegan Help Me?
Medical malpractice victims that have legal representation may have a better chance at recovering more compensation for their injuries and other losses than those who do not.
Goldberg Finnegan is ready to help manage every step of the legal process for you. Our lawyers know how to conduct detailed investigations and gather the evidence needed to prove negligence. We are well-versed in Maryland’s medical malpractice laws and how they may apply to your situation. We have a full support team, which includes industry experts and professionals, ready to help with your claim.
The insurance companies involved in these cases may attempt to use certain tactics to devalue your claim. Our firm is aware of these tactics and how to combat them. We have dealt with many insurance companies over the years and are prepared to use our experience to build a strong case for you.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
Our Silver Spring medical malpractice attorneys are ready to help you pursue economic and noneconomic damages. The value of these damages will depend on the extent of your injury, treatment plan and anticipated recovery time.
These damages help to reimburse you for out-of-pocket costs, such as:
- Past, present and future medical care
- Surgeries and other medical procedures
- Emergency services and hospital stays
- Transportation to doctors’ appointments
- Prescription medications
- Diagnostic and imaging tests
- Assistive medical devices (i.e. wheelchair, crutches)
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
These damages help to reimburse you for any physical and emotional losses experienced, such as:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In Maryland, there is a cap or limit on noneconomic damages that may be awarded to medical malpractice victims. For cases being filed in 2021, the cap is $845,000 (Section 3-2A-09).
Goldberg Finnegan is prepared to pursue the maximum compensation possible on your behalf. An initial consultation with a member of our team comes at no cost or obligation to you. Call to find out if you may have a case.
Millions Recovered. Ph: (888) 213-8140.
Are Medical Malpractice Settlements Taxable?
Medical malpractice victims generally do not have to pay taxes on settlement awards for a physical injury or illness. However, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), victims may have to pay taxes on settlement awards for mental anguish or emotional distress. Punitive damages may also be taxable but are rarely awarded in medical malpractice cases in Maryland.
Deadline to Take Legal Action in Maryland
Maryland’s statute of limitations sets a certain time limit for victims to take legal action. Not filing prior to the deadline will likely result in a court dismissal and an inability to pursue compensation.
Most medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within five years from the date the injury occurred or three years from when the injury was reasonably discovered, whichever is earlier (Section 5-109).
There are situations that can affect or alter either deadline. For instance, if the victim was a minor at the time the medical malpractice happened, the statute does not begin until he or she turns 18.
If you are unsure whether your time to file has passed, it is important to reach out to a medical malpractice attorney in Silver Spring for legal advice as soon as possible.
Medical Negligence Versus Medical Malpractice
These terms are often used interchangeably but they are not the same. The difference has to do with intent.
Medical negligence is a mistake or error that results in a patient suffering unintended harm, either through simple ignorance or failing to act when needed. For instance, perhaps the doctor prescribed medication without taking notice of a harmful drug interaction, which caused a patient to suffer a life-threatening reaction. There was no ill will but the patient was harmed in the process.
Medical malpractice, on the other hand, is when a medical professional knowingly failed to provide reasonable care. He or she was aware of the potential consequences of his or her actions or inactions and proceeded anyway. As a result, the patient suffered an injury, a worsened condition or death.
Building a Strong Medical Malpractice Case
Establishing that a medical professional was negligent or failed to provide reasonable care can be difficult. Hospitals and doctors have many resources at their disposal to protect themselves from claims of medical malpractice. This is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your rights.
Our Silver Spring medical malpractice lawyers have over two decades of experience handling these kinds of cases. We know how to establish the four elements of malpractice:
- The existence of a doctor-patient relationship – If the doctor agreed to treat you, he or she owed you a duty of care. This means providing treatment that meets accepted standards in the medical community, taking into account his or her area of practice and expertise.
- The doctor acted negligently – The doctor failed to uphold the established duty of care for your situation. He or she did not provide the same type of care that another medical professional with similar training and qualifications would have. In Maryland, you cannot move forward with a lawsuit unless you provide a certificate of merit showing how the standard of care was not upheld. Otherwise, you cannot proceed with a lawsuit.
- This negligence caused you harm – The doctor’s action or inaction directly caused you to suffer harm or made an existing injury worse.
- You suffered damages from your injury – This could include things like medical bills you incurred to help treat your injury and aid in your recovery as well as loss of income from being unable to work. The damages that may be included in your case depend on various factors.
Call (888) 213-8140 to find out if you have a case.
Who Could Be Held Liable for Malpractice?
There are several parties that could potentially be held liable for medical malpractice, such as:
- Nurse aides
- Walk-in medical centers
- Nursing homes
- Emergency clinics
If we represent you, we will review all relevant factors to determine all the parties that are responsible for your injuries.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice committed by a negligent doctor or medical professional can happen at any stage of treatment. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
Surgical errors could include:
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Leaving surgical tools inside patients
- Failing to inform the patient of surgical risks
- Causing damage to internal organs
- Providing inadequate post-operate care
- Failing to properly diagnose a disease or illness (i.e. cancer, stroke or heart attack)
- Taking too long to diagnose a disease or illness to effectively treat it
- Incorrectly interpreting test results (i.e. EKGs, blood tests and other lab results)
- Improperly interpreting radiographic images (i.e. X0-ray, MRIs or CT-scans)
- Failing to act on signs and symptoms of a disease or infection
Anesthesia errors could include:
- Giving a patient too much or too little anesthesia
- Delaying the delivery of anesthesia
- Failing to properly monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Failing to check a patient’s medical history
- Improperly intubating a patient or using faulty equipment
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication
- Prescribing or administering the wrong dose
- Failing to administer medication in a timely manner
- Failing to check if the medication interacts badly with other drugs
- Prescribing a medication for a condition not listed on the label
Birth injuries could include:
- Delaying a C-section
- Improperly using birthing tools (i.e. vacuums, forceps)
- Failing to closely monitor the baby’s heart rate
- Failing to detect fetal distress or an ectopic pregnancy
- Failing to diagnose preeclampsia or low blood pressure
Contact a Silver Spring Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice in Maryland, contact Goldberg Finnegan today to learn more about your available legal options.
We understand the stress and trauma that medical malpractice victims often endure. It is the goal of our lawyers to ensure that your best interests are represented. We are ready to help obtain the justice and compensation you need. To date, our firm has successfully recovered over $130 million for our clients.
Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation to discuss your claim. There are no upfront fees to retain our services. We only get paid if we help you win.
Our office is on 8401 Colesville Rd #630, about a 10-minute drive from the Holy Cross Hospital.
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