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How can I file a medical malpractice suit?

Patients trust their physicians to adhere to accepted medical standards when diagnosing them and administering treatment. Unfortunately, many hospitals, physicians, nurses and other medical professionals do not adhere to these standards and end up causing their patients harm. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional, you may be able to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries.

Filing a medical malpractice suit in Maryland against anyone who administered negligent care and caused your injury is crucial to recovering damages. The first step in your medical malpractice case will be to contact the medical professional who treated you. You can discuss your case and determine whether there is anything they can do to remedy the situation. If this does not help, you may need to contact the medical licensing board responsible for their license to practice. They may provide you with additional information and discipline the medical professional for their negligence.

Once you have reached out to these parties, you will most likely need a certificate of merit to confirm that your case is legitimate. In order to get this certificate, you will need to have a medical expert complete a medical assessment to establish that your doctor did not follow accepted medical practices when administering your treatment and that this deviation caused your injuries. Once the assessment is completed, you will file the certificate of merit. If a doctor is negligent, the hospital may also be liable for negligent hiring, negligent supervision or failure to adequately train.

Next, you will have to decide whether to settle out of court or go to trial. Settling may save you time and money and allow you to focus on your recovery. However, some cases are best suited for trial.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case," accessed on Aug. 8, 2017

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