Medical malpractice occurs when any act or omission by a physician during the treatment of a patient differs from the accepted norms of practice in the medical community and as a result causes harm or injury to the patient. In the state of Maryland a standard of care includes generally accepted practices and procedures utilized by medical professionals within the same geographic area. It should also be noted that the standard of care can vary as it can be dependent on other various factors such as the patient’s age and prior medical history.
What Are the Most Common Mistakes That Cause Malpractice?
The most common mistakes that can lead to medical malpractice cases are as follows;
- Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnosis the medical condition
- Failure to administer medical treatment properly
- Prescribing an improper medication for an illness
- Failure to inform a patients as to the risks for medical treatment
- Errors committed during surgery
- Anesthesia Injuries
- Childbirth injuries
How Can I Prove Medical Malpractice ?
In order to win a medical malpractice case in the state of Maryland, an individual must be able to show that the medical professional who provided treatment violated, or breached, the standard of care. Additionally, you must also be able to show that your injuries resulted from this breach of care. The injured patient must be able to prove that there was a greater probability that the injury in question was caused by medical malpractice on the part of the healthcare professional. It is important to note that even though a doctor may make a mistake, he is not necessarily guilty of medical malpractice. Malpractice only occurs if the error in question causes an injury or damages.
Is There a Statute of Limitations For Malpractice Claims in Maryland ?
In the state of Maryland the statute of limitations refers to a restricted amount of time that is allotted in which you can file a lawsuit against an individual who has harmed you. Maryland only allows a plaintiff a three year time period after the act occurred in which you were harmed to file a civil lawsuit.
Medical malpractice is serious in nature and can have a life changing effect on you and your family. You may find yourself unable to work and provide for your family as well as experiencing emotional trauma. If you are considering filing a complaint against a doctor or a hospital we have a legal team with many years of experience in medical malpractice who can assist you in filing all of the necessary documents correctly. Contact us today at (301) 589-2999. We look forward to assisting you.