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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.

Over one-fifth of Americans report experiencing medical errors

When we go to the doctor, we expect our doctors to diagnose our illnesses accurately and offer appropriate treatment. According to a recent survey by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 21 percent of American adults reported that they have personally experienced a medical error in their lifetimes. Additionally, 31 percent of adults reported that someone they cared for experienced an error. Doctor's errors can have serious consequences and leave patients and their families devastated physically, financially and emotionally.

Lack of informed consent may result in medical malpractice

Your doctor may know best when it comes to your medical care. That doesn't mean they can treat you without your consent. Before a physician can perform a procedure on a patient, they are legally required to provide their patients with information regarding their condition and possible treatments so that the patient can make an informed decision about their care. Before a physician can perform a procedure on a patient, the patient must give informed consent to undergo said procedure.

Doctors who breach duty of care may be guilty of malpractice

If a Maryland patient suffers further injury or illness as a result of a doctor's negligence, they may file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for their care and the hospital who hired them. Generally, a successful medical malpractice lawsuit will be based on whether the doctor violated their duty of care to the patient in question.

Physician "calibration" may be necessary to avoid misdiagnoses

When a patient goes to a doctor for a medical diagnosis or treatment, they expect to receive adequate care based on the standard accepted in the medical community. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose their patient, the patient may file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and hospital responsible for their treatment.

Burnout can lead to physician error

Medical professionals often work long hours due to staff shortages and increased demands on quality healthcare. As a result, many doctors can suffer from "burnout." Physician burnout is caused by chronic stress and can lead to doctor's errors and patient injury. In the United States, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death, with close to 250,000 deaths every year.

Distracted surgery can result in medical errors

Most of us have heard of distracted driving. But what about distracted surgery? One of the most common forms of distraction for Maryland physicians is their cellphones. Doctors who make phone calls, send texts or look at the internet during surgery may be more likely to make mistakes during a surgery, resulting in medical malpractice. However, there are also some benefits to having access to a phone while treating patients.

Study finds mistakes with handwritten opioid prescriptions

When a doctor makes a mistake when treating a patient, the consequences can be devastating. Some of the most common doctor errors occur when a doctor makes a mistake while writing the patient's prescription. A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that handwritten prescriptions for opioids in particular are much less reliable than those that are done electronically.

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