Medical Malpractice Lawyer Representing Clients in Baltimore, MD
Peter Angelos Law is proud to offer legal representation to Baltimore, MD clients who have suffered personal injuries and economic losses from medical malpractice. When a medical professional fails to uphold their legal obligation to ensure utilizing the appropriate standard of care and injures a patient, the patient has grounds for a medical malpractice claim. While these claims fall under the purview of personal injury law, medical malpractice claims are more complex than most other personal injury claims. As such, they require the attention of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of injury due to a medical professional’s failure to uphold the standard of care for the treatment you required, we can assist you in holding them accountable for your damages via a medical malpractice claim. Peter Angelos Law has years of experience helping clients throughout the Baltimore, MD area recover compensation for their personal injury claims, including those pertaining to the negligence of medical professionals.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
The simplest definition of medical malpractice is a medical professional’s failure to uphold the standard of care for their patient. The “standard of care” is simply defined as the minimum level of acceptable treatment a patient’s condition demands. Medical professionals and researchers must use the best available data to determine the most appropriate treatments for known medical conditions and for managing patient symptoms. Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals may only deviate from the standard of care with good reason, such as when a patient is physically incapable of tolerating the accepted measures of the standard of care and requires alternative treatment.
Medical malpractice also applies to cases of incompetence, such as a surgeon attempting a procedure without the requisite training and experience or prescribing the wrong medication to a patient. Peter Angelos Law has successfully represented Baltimore, MD area clients in medical malpractice claims pertaining to gross negligence, medication errors, diagnostic errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, and wrongful deaths caused by medical professionals.
How Do You Know If You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
When you file a personal injury claim, your attorney must prove several components of negligence to succeed with your claim and hold the defendant responsible for your damages. In a medical malpractice claim, you face similar requirements if you intend to succeed with your claim and secure compensation. First, your attorney must prove that a formal doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the defendant named in your medical malpractice suit. Second, your attorney must establish the standard of care that your situation demanded. This may require consultation with outside medical professionals who can attest to whether the treatment you received was appropriate considering the details of your situation.
The next stage of determining whether medical malpractice caused your damages is to identify the doctor’s failure to uphold the standard of care. Your attorney must also prove that this failure resulted in your claimed damages. Most incidents of medical malpractice will require victims to undergo corrective treatment, resulting in additional medical expenses and a longer recovery time. Your Baltimore, MD medical malpractice lawyer can help you assess the extent of the damages you can include in your medical malpractice claim.
Peter Angelos Law has years of experience assisting clients with complicated medical malpractice claims. We are very familiar with the various indications of medical malpractice and can help clients accurately determine the full scope of the damages available in their claims. We can also consult with a wide network of medical professionals and other expert witnesses to support a client’s claim and ensure their recovery.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle
When you require legal counsel for any type of civil claim, it is essential to find an attorney who has an extensive background of handling cases like your own. Peter Angelos Law provides legal representation to clients facing a wide range of medical malpractice claims, including:
The birth of a child should be a time for celebration. All too often, however, the childbirth process and the associated procedures are marred by medical negligence. A birth injury can potentially cause permanent damage to the infant and in some cases can negatively affect the health of the mother as well. Cerebral palsy, injuries from surgical instruments, and even fatal birth injuries are possible when medical professionals do not handle childbirth procedures appropriately.
Parents who pursue birth injury claims can potentially secure compensation for both immediate and future medical costs resulting from the incident. For example, the doctor’s negligence may have caused an infant to develop permanent brain damage that will prevent them from living independently for the rest of their life, placing extreme hardship on the child’s parents. Plaintiffs in birth injury claims can secure substantial compensation with the assistance of experienced labor and delivery error lawyers.
Surgeons must use the utmost care when performing surgical procedures. Even minorly invasive or routine surgeries carry significant risks for patients, especially when surgeons fail to execute these procedures correctly. A surgery error could cause the patient to require further surgical treatment to correct the error, extending their recovery time and increasing the economic impact of their treatment. If you believe you or a loved one suffered adverse effects from a surgical error, a skilled surgical error lawyer can help you determine who bears liability for your damages and assist you in holding them accountable.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are inherently chaotic for many reasons, but the medical professionals working in these environments must follow appropriate standards of care when addressing each individual patient. Unfortunately, emergency room errors can result in devastating consequences for patients. If you believe a recent medical injury was caused by an emergency room error, you can file a medical malpractice claim against the emergency room personnel you believe to be responsible for your injury.
Doctors must use caution when prescribing medications to patients, and pharmacists must ensure all patient prescriptions are filled accurately. If a prescribing doctor mistakenly prescribes the wrong type of medication, the wrong dosage, or fails to account for a patient’s drug allergies or known sensitivities to the medication, they can do serious or even fatal harm to the patient. Similarly, when a pharmacist fails to fill a prescription correctly, they can be held accountable for any resulting adverse effects the patient experiences. If you or a loved one suffered medical complications due to a medication error, you likely have grounds for a medical malpractice claim against the party responsible for the error.
There is a strict diagnostic process all physicians must follow when determining the cause of a patient’s symptoms. A doctor has a professional obligation to conduct an accurate diagnosis using the process of elimination to precisely identify a patient’s condition. They must also conduct this diagnostic process in a timely manner. If a doctor delivers an incorrect diagnosis, the patient may undergo inappropriate treatment that worsens their condition or causes additional complications.
If the doctor fails to provide an accurate diagnosis in a timely fashion, this can prevent the patient from receiving the treatment they need before their condition worsens to critical levels. To succeed with a medical malpractice claim for misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, the plaintiff and their misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose attorney must prove that another similarly skilled doctor in the same situation could have avoided the error and diagnosed the patient correctly.
Hospitals must follow specific regulations when it comes to sanitation and cleaning all patient contact areas. When hospital staff fail to properly sterilize a hospital bed, operating room, or any other location with the hospital, they can cause infectious diseases to spread to incoming patients. If you or a loved one developed an infectious illness or other adverse medical symptoms due to the hospital’s failure to provide a safe and sterile treatment environment, we can help you hold them accountable through a medical malpractice claim.
These are only a few examples of the types of medical malpractice claims our firm can handle. We understand that any medical malpractice incident can have life-altering consequences for the patient and their family. When preventable and foreseeable medical injuries occur, Peter Angelos Law can help you and your family secure fair compensation for your damages.
Can I Sue a Hospital for Mistakes Made by a Doctor?
One of the most common challenges experienced by medical malpractice plaintiffs is determining liability for their damages. While it may seem logical to assume that any doctor or other medical professional who injures you due to malpractice is responsible for your damages, this is not always the case. The legal concept of “vicarious liability” can apply to some medical malpractice claims. A medical professional’s employer may absorb liability for damages in these claims.
If your medical malpractice lawyer can prove that the medical professional who injured you only did so due to their employer’s policies or failure to enforce important policies, vicarious liability is likely to apply to your case. Hospitals can absorb liability for medical malpractice claims when such claims result from understaffing issues, inadequate or broken medical equipment, or failure to enforce critical medical policies. A hospital can also absorb liability if they hire a medical professional with a known history of substance abuse, previously substantiated medical malpractice liability, or repeated incidents of medical incompetence.
Many doctors are hired by hospitals on a contract basis, effectively making them independent contractors. In any medical malpractice case involving a contracted provider, the hospital will almost certainly attempt to avoid any and all accusations of vicarious liability. Your Baltimore, MD medical malpractice lawyer will help you determine who is responsible for your recent medical injury.
Why You Need an Experienced Baltimore, MD Medical Malpractice Lawyer
It is vital to secure reliable legal counsel for any type of personal injury claim, but this is especially true when you are facing a medical malpractice case. These personal injury claims are far more complex than standard motor vehicle accident or premises liability claims as they often draw upon highly technical and complex medical information. Peter Angelos Law has years of experience guiding clients through these cases in the Baltimore, MD area. We can provide the detail-oriented and compassionate representation you need to approach your medical malpractice claim with greater confidence.
If you do not hire an attorney and attempt to handle your medical malpractice claim on your own, you run the risk of having your case dismissed before the court can hear your evidence. There are many procedural requirements to filing any type of civil claim, and medical malpractice claims are some of the most demanding civil claims a person can pursue. Your Baltimore, MD medical malpractice lawyer will help you establish the elements of medical negligence as they apply in your case. We can assist you in gathering evidence and provide a wide range of additional legal services that can ensure success with your medical malpractice claim.
What to Expect with Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Typically, the first phase of any medical malpractice claim is to submit your claim to the medical board with jurisdiction over the defendant named in your claim. The medical board must conduct a thorough review of the incident described in the claim and determine whether there is reason to believe medical malpractice occurred. If approved, you will be provided with a Notice of Right to Sue and may proceed with filing your personal injury claim for medical malpractice.
Most medical malpractice claims will require input from other medical professionals. Your medical malpractice attorney should coordinate expert witness testimony from a doctor who is similarly qualified to the defendant named in your claim. This individual can explain to the court in simple terms how the defendant failed to uphold the appropriate standard of care for your condition. They can also provide easily understandable insights pertaining to the potential long-term impacts of the medical negligence you experienced.
Your attorney will assist you in gathering the records and other documentation you may need to establish the entire scope of your claimable damages. Some medical malpractice claims solely seek compensation for a patient’s additional medical expenses and lengthened recovery time due to negligence, while others can involve far more substantial compensation. This is especially true when medical malpractice causes permanent damage, severe trauma, and exorbitant corrective treatment costs.
Medical malpractice lawsuits almost always require input from expert witnesses. These individuals are accomplished professionals in areas of study relevant to a case in progress. A medical malpractice attorney can potentially consult with a wide variety of different expert witnesses to support a client’s case. Economic and financial experts can help a plaintiff prove the full extent of their lost earning capacity as a result of medical negligence. This process can help to ensure the plaintiff recovers as much compensation as possible for their damages. Meanwhile, medical professionals can help the court understand complex medical terms and concepts more easily. They can also convey their professional interpretations of the defendant’s behavior and explain how they violated the standard of care for the plaintiff’s condition.
Compensation for Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Your medical malpractice claim can potentially yield multiple forms of compensation. A plaintiff can expect to recover all their immediate and future medical expenses in full, as well as full compensation for any lost income resulting from the defendant’s negligence. Additionally, if they suffered permanent damage that prevents them from working and living independently after the incident, it is also possible for them to recover their lost future earnings and the cost of any in-home medical care they require in the future.
Just like other personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims can also allow you to secure compensation for noneconomic damages. However, Maryland caps the amount of compensation a plaintiff in a medical malpractice claim can secure for pain and suffering. Even if they suffered catastrophic injuries, Maryland caps noneconomic damages at $845,000 for lawsuits filed in the year 2021, and there is a consistent, historic $15,000 per-year increase to this cap. For example, the cap was $830,000 for medical malpractice claims filed in 2020, and it is reasonable to expect the cap to increase to $860,000 for claims filed in 2022. The noneconomic cap is a little higher when there are more than one surviving legal wrongful death beneficiary.
Find Legal Counsel at Peter Angelos Law in Baltimore, MD Today
An incident of medical malpractice has the potential to negatively impact you and your loved ones for years to come. If you agreed to a doctor’s care while expecting safe and effective treatment and instead suffered additional injuries and economic losses, a medical malpractice claim is your best option for recovery. However, pursuing medical malpractice claims is difficult unless you have reliable legal counsel on your side. When you choose Peter Angelos Law to handle your medical malpractice claim, you are investing in the success of your case and the quality of your recovery.
Over the years, Peter Angelos Law has helped thousands of past clients recover billions in damages for their civil claims. We understand how devastating medical malpractice can be for any family and can put our experience to work for you in your claim. If you are ready to discuss your options for legal recourse after suffering an injury for medical negligence, you can get the legal answers you need today free of charge by contacting Peter Angelos Law. Schedule a consultation with our team today.