Providing Legal Counsel for Hospital Malpractice Claims in Baltimore, MD
Medical professionals and the hospitals that hire them have a professional obligation to provide safe and effective treatments to their patients. However, when hospitals fail to provide safe treatment and harm patients, they may become liable for medical malpractice. If you or a loved one recently suffered any type of medical harm due to the negligence of a healthcare professional or the hospital that employed them, you likely have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Peter Angelos Law provides comprehensive legal counsel to clients in Baltimore, MD and surrounding areas. Over the years of our firm’s operation, we have secured billions in damages on behalf of our clients and successfully pursued some of the most complex medical malpractice claims on record. We can put this experience to work for you and your family after suffering any type of medical injury
You May Have a Hospital Malpractice Claim in Baltimore, MD
When most people think of “medical malpractice,” they imagine cases that involve a single medical professional as the defendant in a patient’s claim. However, the legal concept of “vicarious liability” applies to many medical malpractice cases. Vicarious liability describes any situation in which one party is considered liable for the actions of another. Typically, this involves an employer bearing responsibility for the actions of their employees.
If a hospital employee causes harm to a patient, the hospital can potentially absorb liability for the incident. A hospital may attempt to deflect vicarious liability by claiming that the medical professional in question was not actually a hospital employee, but rather an independent contractor. Since many hospitals employ staff on a contractor basis, they may initially escape liability. However, depending on how the medical professional represented themselves to the patient, the hospital may still absorb liability for a medical injury even if the medical professional in question was indeed an independent contractor.
How Are Hospitals Liable for Medical Malpractice Claims?
Most medical malpractice claims revolve around a single medical professional failing to uphold the standard of care for a patient. The result is harm directly caused by the negligent action. When it comes to hospital malpractice, a hospital can be responsible for medical malpractice in a variety of ways:
- The hospital failed to conduct an appropriate background check on a hired medical professional who harms a patient due to incompetence or reckless disregard for the standard of care.
- The hospital failed to create appropriate sanitization policies to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and a patient contracted such a disease as a result.
- The hospital failed to enforce patient safety standards and/or hospital infection prevention measures.
- The hospital neglected to follow applicable state or federal regulations.
- The hospital allowed an unqualified medical professional to conduct a specific procedure on a patient, and the patient suffered harm as a result of this decision.
These are only a few examples of how hospital malpractice can occur. If you believe that a recent medical injury occurred not only due to the negligent actions of a hospital employee but the hospital leadership as well, the attorneys at Peter Angelos Law can assist you with filing your medical malpractice claim.
Why Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
If you and your family are recovering from the effects of any type of medical malpractice or hospital malpractice, it is vital to know as much as possible about your right to secure compensation for your losses. A medical malpractice claim can potentially allow you to recover any and all damages resulting from hospital negligence, including:
- Increased medical expenses you incurred as the result of negligence. For example, if you were harmed by an incompetent or unqualified doctor and required corrective treatment, you can claim the cost of the resulting medical expenses, including those expenses expected to be incurred as a result of the medical malpractice, into the future.
- Lost income resulting from increased recovery time. If your recovery period was extended due to hospital negligence you may lose income while you are unable to work. You can include lost wages in your claim, and you may also claim lost future earnings if your experience left you permanently disabled and incapable of working at all.
- Pain and suffering. Maryland state law sets a cap for non-economic damages like emotional trauma and pain and suffering. You can still potentially recover a substantial amount of compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced from an incident of hospital negligence.
It would be exceedingly difficult to handle a hospital negligence claim on your own while also dealing with the aftermath of the incident. As a result, it is best to trust an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to guide you through your proceedings.
Contact a Baltimore, MD Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you believe you have grounds to file a hospital negligence claim in Baltimore, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Bowie, Towson, or any other area of Maryland state-wide, the attorneys at Peter Angelos Law have the experience and legal resources to guide you to a satisfactory result in your case. It is natural to have many questions about your legal options after experiencing hospital negligence, and we can help. To get the answers you need for free, contact Peter Angelos Law today and schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer.