We place a great deal of trust in our doctors and hospitals. Medical training is notoriously long and arduous, and those who are able to complete it successfully and enter into medical practice are expected to be educated, focused, caring, and committed to the well-being and health of each patient for whom they are responsible. Most doctors and other healthcare professionals live up to the standards we expect of them. Most, but not all. Medical errors caused by physician negligence continue to deprive patients of their lives and health.
Medical errors are a frighteningly common cause of needless death and damage to patients’ health.
According to a recent study undertaken by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Center:
Furthermore, for every fatality caused by medical error, there are roughly two additional not-fatal errors, many of which seriously diminish the patient’s quality of life.
A small number of doctors in the United States are responsible for the largest number of incidences of medical malpractice. According to statistics compiled by the National Practitioner Data Bank, a mere five percent of doctors commit 54 percent of all malpractice that results in a successful legal action and payout. Unfortunately, few of these repeat offenders are disciplined or prevented from practicing medicine, leaving patients vulnerable to their pattern of substandard care.
Obstetricians, surgeons, and orthopedists are the most frequent specialties facing medical malpractice law suits.
Not every poor health outcome can be considered medical malpractice. People get sick and die; it is part of the human condition. Doctors are neither gods nor magicians. Even the best doctors can’t cure everything. But they are expected to deliver quality care, consistent with their training and the standards of their profession. And these requirements are for all medical treatments, including birth.
Every physician and other healthcare professional owes a duty of care to each and every patient they treat. This means delivering a standard of care that is consistent with that which would be given by any reasonably competent physician in the same practice area and geographical region. A doctor or medical institution that does not deliver the appropriate standard of care can be held liable for the death or injury of a patient as a result of an error of commission of omission.
Common medical errors attributable to negligence include:
Medical malpractice cases are notoriously complex and difficult. You must retain experienced and highly skilled legal counsel if you hope to win such a demanding legal action. Through your lawyer, you will need to prove five legal elements of a medical malpractice case:
If any one of these elements is missing, you may not have a case. Furthermore, Maryland is one of a very few contributory negligence states, which means if you can be shown to be even one percent responsible for the poor outcome, you will not be able to receive compensation.
There are three types of damages you may claim in an action for medical malpractice in Maryland:
If a close family member died or if you or someone close to you suffered severe adverse consequences to your health as a result of receiving improper medical care, you may be able to recover money as compensation for your damages. It is essential that you engage the services of a Maryland medical malpractice attorney with detailed knowledge of Maryland’s medical malpractice laws and experience in obtaining compensation awards.
You can find the skilled legal help you need by contacting the law offices of Baltimore medical malpractice attorney G. Randolph Rice to arrange a free case consultation.
Randolph Rice not only has the passion for justice and the commitment to achieving the best outcome for every one of his clients, he also has the resources and connections to engage top expert witnesses who are so necessary in developing a winning medical malpractice case.
Because of strict time restrictions on filing a medical malpractice case in Maryland, and the large amount of investigation and preparation that goes into a successful case, you should call Randolph Rice Injury Lawyers as soon as you discover that you or your loved one may have been a victim of a preventable medical mistake. Don’t delay; call now to schedule an appointment to learn more about your legal options.