Frequently, the terms medical malpractice and negligence are often used interchangeably. However, there is a legal difference between the two that is important to understand if you feel that you have been injured by a healthcare professional.
For medical negligence to occur, the healthcare provider must have failed in either their actions or inaction to meet what is considered to be the medical standard of care. Therefore, medical negligence does not involve malicious intent.
If the medical negligence subsequently causes the patient to suffer from an injury, it is deemed medical malpractice. This can occur when the healthcare professional makes a conscious decision to alter what is considered to be the standard course of treatment. As a result, this causes harm, and the patient suffers subsequent damage as a result.
It should be understood that even though your healthcare professional did not have malicious intent that resulted in the malpractice occurring, they may have deviated from the medical standard of care, which resulted in harm. This is sufficient for a medical malpractice claim.
If you feel that you have been injured by medical malpractice, contact our law offices today and schedule an appointment to speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys. You may reach us by calling (410) 484-0400. We look forward to assisting you.
Is There a Statute of Limitations for How Long You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Maryland?
According to Maryland law, the statute of limitations in medical malpractice claims starts on the day the injury initially occurred. If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you are required to file a claim within three years of when the injury was first discovered or five years from the date of the injury, whichever comes first.
Depending on the type of injury, it may take years for the damage to become evident. This is why it is extremely critical that you retain an attorney who is skilled and knowledgeable concerning medical malpractice law.
What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Medical Malpractice?
Although malpractice injuries can stem from any number of medical procedures, there are several areas that seem to have the highest rates of malpractice suits. The most common types of medical malpractice cases are as follows:
- Medication/prescribing errors
- Surgical Malpractice
- Hospital Malpractice
- Childbirth Injuries
Why Should I Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Sadly, many individuals who have been injured by medical malpractice do not realize the extent of their injuries until a significant amount of time has passed. Medical professionals obtain malpractice coverage through an insurance company. Frequently, insurance companies will dispute the degree and severity of a victim’s injuries or even argue that the provider did not injure the patient at all.
This is why it is critical that you obtain the help of a skilled attorney who can aggressively fight for your rights. Based on the individual circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our law offices at (410) 484-0400 and make an appointment to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney who can review your case and help determine how to proceed.
If you or a family member has fallen victim to medical malpractice in any of these areas or from any other type of medical procedure, you need a personal injury attorney who will fight for just and fair compensation.