When a person is sick or needs medical attention, he or she goes to the doctor expecting to receive quality medical care and the right treatment plan. People place a lot of trust in medical professionals, and it can be devastating when these individuals do not provide quality care and support. In many cases, this is actually medical malpractice.
Malpractice can happen in many different circumstances, and it often results in additional physical suffering and financial costs for the patient. If you believe that you are the victim of some type of medical negligence or error, you do not have to suffer alone. You have the right to speak up and fight for justice – perhaps through a civil claim filed against the liable party.
What counts as medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice can come in many different shapes and forms. This may be what happened to you if you suffered additional physical harm because a doctor gave you the wrong diagnosis or missed the diagnosis completely. Malpractice also includes leaving an instrument inside a patient, giving the wrong medication, failing to provide follow-up care and the development of infections.
Often, this happens when a doctor is in a hurry, is not giving a patient his or her full attention or does not fully listen to patient concerns. It can also happen when those providing care have too many patients at once or do not have the proper training to provide the appropriate level of care.
How do you know if you have a claim?
It is not always easy to know if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. How can you tell if what you experienced was the result of a medical error or just a bad or unexpected outcome to your case?
In order to have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must have evidence of a lack of proper care, proof that you actually suffered an injury and documentation of the specific damages you experienced. Through your claim, you may be able to recoup your financial losses, as well as secure damages for non-economic losses.
You don’t have to fight alone
If you think you may have grounds to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim, you may want to start with a complete assessment of your case with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney. This is a beneficial way for you to learn more about the specific legal options available to you.