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Defenses doctors may use in medical malpractice claims

Patients who suffered injuries or illness due to a physician's negligence or error may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the negligent physician and the hospital where they were treated. If you decide to ask an attorney to handle your case, your attorney will collect evidence to attempt to prove that your doctor did not adhere to the accepted standard of care and that the negligence caused you harm.

How can you establish your doctor's negligence in court?

Medical patients in Maryland have the right to receive competent medical care from the medical professionals on your case. If you are injured or harmed as a result of negligent health care, you have the right to sue for medical malpractice. As a victim, you and your attorney, if you have one, must prove that the parties you are suing were negligent when administering care and caused you harm as a result.

Don't navigate medical malpractice situations on your own

Visiting the hospital takes a tremendous amount of trust. While some visits may involve nothing but a simple checkup, others can be much more serious. Surgeries, diagnoses, medication... there are many situations that require the utmost care and focus on the part of the hospital staff. Most times, everything goes according to plan. Unfortunately, there are instances in which doctors make mistakes. These errors can result in a wide range of complications, some of which may be life-threatening.

250,000 U.S. deaths caused by medical errors

According to a 2016 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, over 250,000 deaths, or 9.5 percent of all deaths over an 8-year period, were caused by medical errors. Unfortunately, the actual number may be much higher, as other studies have found the number of medical error deaths to be closer to 440,000.

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.

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.

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.

What documents do I need to file a medical malpractice claim?

If you were harmed by your physician during treatment or surgery, you may have a case against them and the hospital for medical malpractice. However, proving that medical malpractice occurred is notoriously difficult for patients, particularly those with serious health issues. In order to give yourself the best chance at financial recovery, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury.

Who is responsible for medical errors?

Anytime you undergo a surgery or other medical procedure in Maryland, there is a possibility that something will go wrong during the process, causing you additional pain and injury. Whenever a doctor's errors cause a patient harm, the first question many people ask is who is responsible? In other words, if the patient needs additional care due to a medical mistake, who should pay for this treatment?

Why may oncologists be prone to mistakes?

Oncologists are physicians who provide quality health care to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. As we all know, cancer is a debilitating disease that can devastate victims and their families. While oncologists generally intend to provide their patients with the best care possible, many of them make medical errors with regard to diagnosis and recommending and administering treatment.

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