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Victims of medical errors can sue for damages

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, administer anesthesia to patients under the supervision of a doctor. If an anesthesiologist fails to properly administer the anesthesia, the patient could suffer severe long-term consequences. In some cases, the patient may end up in a vegetative state for the rest of their lives or even die as a result of the anesthesiologist's medical negligence. If you or a loved one is a victim of an anesthesia accident, Attorney W. Scott Sonntag may be able to help you file a claim for damages in Maryland.

Doctors and anesthesiologists may make a number of mistakes when administering anesthesia. One of the most common mistakes is failing to properly monitor the patient while they are under anesthesia and afterwards. Anesthesiologists may also fail to properly administer the anesthesia by failing to give the patient the proper dosage or failing to account for the patient's allergies or other drugs in their system.

Couple recovers $32.9 million for newborn's injuries

An injury to a newborn during the birthing process can be a parent's worst nightmare. Any form of doctor negligence during the pregnancy and birthing process can result in serious birth injuries that can negatively affect the lives of the child and parents for years to come. A couple in the Northeast recently recovered $32.9 million after they filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician who helped deliver their baby for violating medical protocols.

The couple claimed the obstetrician, who delivered their son in 2012, placed forceps around the baby's head and pulled so hard that the baby's mother was almost pulled off the bed. The couple claims that this unnecessary force caused the baby to suffer a skull fracture and brain bleeds. As a result, the baby apparently has lifelong mental disabilities.

What documents will I need to file a medical malpractice suit?

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you know how difficult the recovery process can be. Dealing with the physical injuries caused by a doctor's errors, as well as the emotional and financial challenges can be overwhelming for victims and their families. Fortunately, there is a way to hold medical professionals responsible for their negligent actions. Filing a lawsuit against the parties involved in your care can be the best way to recover damages for your pain and suffering.

Once you decide to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Maryland, there are certain documents you will need to help prove your case. A medical malpractice attorney can review all the documents you provide and come up with arguments to use against the parties responsible for your injuries. Generally, your medical records will be the most useful documents. Medical records, mental health records and other similar documentation can provide crucial information about your medical condition, what treatments you received and when you received them and prescriptions you were given.

Filing a lawsuit for birth injuries

Maryland parents generally worry about the well-being of their children from the minute they learn they are expecting. Sadly, not all babies are born perfectly healthy. Some medical issues constitute as birth defects, which generally arise due to things that happened before or during the pregnancy. However, birth injuries, which may result in cerebral palsy, tend to occur during the child delivery process. In fact, many birth injuries are caused by a doctor's medical errors.

If your child was harmed during the birthing process, you may have a case for medical malpractice against the medical professionals in charge of your and your baby's care. For example, many malpractice cases arise when a doctor fails to properly evaluate or identify complications that appear throughout the pregnancy or delivery. Doctors also may fail to appropriately respond to the conditions that arise or negligently perform medical procedures during the birth.

Failure to diagnose sepsis leads to death of 12-year-old

We are the middle of flu season, and many doctors are getting used to seeing flu symptoms in their patients. However, in some cases, what appears to be a mild case of the flu could actually be something much more serious. Failure to diagnose a patient appropriately can have devastating results. A 12-year-old girl was recently misdiagnosed with the flu and ended up dead a few days later.

The girl first started to feel sick in mid-December. When her mother took her to urgent care, she was diagnosed with the flu and sent home to rest. A few days later, the girl went back to urgent care after she had trouble breathing. Tragically, her organs began to shut down and she passed away soon thereafter.

Medical malpractice is more than just making a mistake

When we see a doctor for a medical issue, we generally expect them to perform their jobs capably and fix whatever is wrong with us. However, many patients unfortunately come out from surgery or treatment only to find out that their health issues are far from over. In fact, some patients may find themselves in a worse position than they were before their treatment.

If your doctor made a mistake while treating you, you may be able to successfully sue them for medical malpractice. Merely making a mistake during treatment, however, does not necessarily qualify as medical malpractice. The mistake must have been significant enough to cause you to suffer harm or an injury that you would not have otherwise experienced.

Hospital faces lawsuit after doctor falsifies credentials

When a doctor or other medical professional engages in negligent or reckless behavior that harms a patient, the hospital where he or she works may be sued for medical malpractice. Hospital negligence may occur when a hospital fails to verify the credentials of the employees they hire. Prince George's County hospital in Maryland is now facing a class action lawsuit after one of their OB-GYNS used false identities throughout his medical career.

In 2016, the doctor pled guilty to fraud for using various Social Security numbers and identities to apply for his medical license and certifications. The doctor also apparently forged or altered a number of documents relating to his medical career, including medical transcripts, his diploma, letters of recommendation and immigration documents. He was let go from the hospital after his indictment, but not before he treated numerous patients.

What are some of the most common doctor errors?

Most patients are in good hands when they go to the hospital for medical care. The doctors and other medical professionals that treat them adhere to an accepted standard of care and provide them with competent, if not exceptional, care. However, even the best physicians can make mistakes. According to NPR reports, these doctor errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

When a patient first comes in to see the doctor, the doctor may misdiagnose them, or dismiss their symptoms. Failure to diagnose a patient early can lead to complications later on. On the other hand, some physicians do the opposite and overmedicate their patients or offer procedures they don't need. Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage can also cause serious problems.

Delayed diagnosis and improper treatment may cause complications

If you undergo spinal surgery in Maryland, the surgeons operating on you have a legal obligation to treat you in accordance with the standard of care required for your procedure. A surgical error may occur when a surgeon fails to act as a reasonable surgeon in similar circumstances would act, and causes you harm as a result. A recent study investigated medical malpractice claims resulting from incidental durotomies, or unintentional small tears to the dura mater, the outer membrane of the spinal cord, that may occur during surgery. The study found that many physicians may be liable in cases involving delayed diagnosis and treatment, as well as improper durotomy repair.

Dural tears occur fairly regularly during spinal surgeries and, for the most part, will not cause any long-term problems if they are immediately recognized and properly repaired. However, in cases where there is a late-presenting durotomy or if the dural tear reopens after the surgery, the patient may suffer complications.

How do I prove fault in my medical malpractice lawsuit?

Anytime we go under the knife, there is a chance that something could go wrong. When a doctor or hospital acts negligently, that chance increases by a great deal. If a physician's surgical error has caused you an illness or injury you would not have had otherwise, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against those responsible for your care.

However, proving medical malpractice in Maryland is not always easy. Many patients have lost cases because they could not adequately establish that the physician made a mistake and that their mistake caused the patient harm. A qualified medical malpractice attorney can assist you with your claim and give you the best chance possible at recovering damages.

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