When we feel something is wrong with our health, the first thing we do is take a trip to the doctor’s office. Fortunately, Maryland is home to thousands of excellent doctors who uphold their vow to give each and every patient the care they deserve. That being said, there are times where doctors do more harm than good, and this is generally the result of either negligence or malpractice. Please continue reading and speak with our Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about the difference between medical negligence and medical malpractice, as well as how our firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if you are the victim of malpractice/negligence. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence?

There is a key difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence, which is why you will need a skilled attorney who can determine whether your case is one of malpractice or negligence so he or she can find the best route to proceed. The key factor is intent. When a physician owes a patient a duty of care, and breaches that duty of care by knowingly diverting from the standard course of treatment, thereby harming the patient and causing the patient to incur significant damages as a result, it would be considered malpractice.

That being said, though negligence is still unacceptable, there is a lack of intent. Simply put, when a doctor unknowingly does something that diverts from the standard of care, such as accidentally making a wrong-site incision, that doctor would be considered negligent, as he or she simply made a mistake without realizing it. You should understand that both negligence and malpractice are valid grounds for a lawsuit, and our firm is here to help you.

How long do I have to sue a physician for malpractice or negligence in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland is, generally, three years. This means that all those who believe they are the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence will have three years from the date of their incident to pursue compensation from the physician in question. Do not wait longer than three years to sue, for if you do, you may be permanently barred from doing so. We are here to help you today. All you have to do is give us a call.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.