When we fall ill or get injured, we seek the help of healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, and other providers for treatments that will help improve or maintain our health. When seeking this type of assistance, we don’t usually expect our condition to worsen after receiving treatment. However, when medical professionals fail to uphold their legal duty toward their patients while providing treatment, their mistakes can cause significant harm and burden patients with devastating losses. Fortunately, injured patients are entitled to file a medical malpractice claim against negligent healthcare providers to seek monetary compensation for their damages. If you have been injured while receiving treatment from a medical professional, contact a compassionate Prince George’s County Medical Malpractice Lawyer who can help you fight for the just compensation you deserve.
Can a healthcare professional be held liable if I was injured while receiving treatment?
In Maryland, healthcare professionals can legally be held accountable for their negligence. Therefore, you can file a medical malpractice claim if you have suffered an injury during treatment due to a healthcare provider’s mistake or error. However, it’s vital to understand that pursuing a medical malpractice claim is challenging. This is primarily because, despite many medical errors being legitimate, the court considers whether cases involve actual medical negligence or are simply undesired healthcare outcomes. That said, medical malpractice claims are some of the most complex personal injury cases to prove. Bringing a medical malpractice claim requires fulfilling the burden of proof. Essentially, you will have to prove more than just the provider made a mistake. To satisfy the burden of proof, you must prove that there was an established doctor-patient relationship and that you received medical treatment from them. This demonstrates that they owed you a legal duty of care. From here, you must prove that the healthcare professional breached their duty of care by deviating from the standard of care traditionally accepted under the treatment circumstances. Finally, you must demonstrate that the healthcare professional’s breach of duty directly caused your injuries and damages. Ultimately, you must prove that they caused you harm.
How can a lawyer help me?
As mentioned above, medical malpractice claims are challenging to prove and, as such, will require the help of an experienced lawyer who can help you collect pertinent evidence of healthcare professionals’ wrongdoing. Acquiring quality legal counsel is vital to gather relevant evidence, such as medical records, pictures of physical injuries, expert witness reports, witness statements, journal entries, testimony from friends and family, and records of expenses for damages incurred. Ultimately, your lawyer can help you prove your medical malpractice claim by obtaining evidence and building a case demonstrating that the care you received fell below the expected standard of care and caused severe injuries and damages.
For more information on how our legal team can assist you in proving your medical malpractice claim, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC today. Our firm is committed to helping our clients fight for the rightful compensation they are entitled to.