During times where medical issues arise, individuals become scared of the possibilities of what these conditions can entail. Our health is always a top priority. We want to make sure that we are able to carry on with our everyday routines and live to the fullest. These medical conditions lead us to seek out the help of a medical professional. As we attend doctors appointments over the years, we grow our trust in a certain physician. Based off of our history and current state, our doctors make decisions every day on treatment and how to proceed with helping their patients. We wind up putting our trust in these doctors. Although doctors are highly intelligent individuals who carry out a selfless job, they can make mistakes just like everybody else. Healthcare professionals are held to a certain standard of care that they must practice when caring for people daily. If these professionals failed to care for you or your loved one due to negligence, carelessness or misjudgment, this can qualify as medical malpractice.

What qualifies as medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can be defined as a form of negligence exhibited by a healthcare professional. When these healthcare professionals fail to meet their expected standard of care, there may be a negative impact on their patient. The standard of care that medical professionals must live up to is based on the standard practiced by their peers and the institutions that they are associated with.

There are many different forms of medical malpractice. These may include: failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes, emergency room mistakes, prescription errors and overdoses, labor and birth injuries, anesthesia errors, inadequate consent, hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections and improper care and follow-up.

When you experience a case of medical malpractice, it is important to conduct an investigation into the situation. If you believe malpractice on behalf of your doctor has affected you, you can seek legal counsel to develop a case. Medical professionals should be held accountable for these incidents. If these situations are not addressed, they may happen again and cause harm to more people.

If you have a valid case involving medical malpractice, you can be entitled to compensation. This compensation can include economic damages, such as payment for medical bills, lost wages and future wages. If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice by a healthcare professional or medical institution, you can set forth a wrongful death claim. A representative of the estate is also entitled to bring a survivor’s action against the wrongful party.  

If you are in this situation, it is important to discuss this situation with an attorney. The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.