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Jury awards couple $1.36 million following loss of fetus

Expectant parents are often filled with anticipation as they await the birth of their child. Tragically, some of these parents will never get to experience this excitement due to their doctor's errors. This was the case for a pregnant woman and her husband who filed a lawsuit against a health care facility and a doctor working at the facility following the death of their fetus.

Survey: burned-out doctors twice as likely to report mistakes

Physician burn-out occurs when a doctor feels extremely exhausted and loses his or her ability to care about and connect with patients. According to a national survey, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, many physicians are burned-out and making medical mistakes because of their condition.

Meditation can help resolve medical malpractice claims

Generally, when a doctor's negligence causes harm, victims immediately think of suing them for damages. However, going to court in Maryland can be a costly, time-consuming affair that victims of medical malpractice may not be able to handle. Fortunately, there is another alternative that can save victims time and money while still allowing them to obtain the closure and damages they need after such a traumatic incident. This alternative is referred to as mediation.

"Dancing" dermatologist facing multiple malpractice suits

Many Maryland patients who undergo surgery are placed under anesthesia. As a result, they trust that their surgeon will be completely focused during the operation and will perform in accordance to the applicable standard of care. However, some surgeons are more interested in joking around and having fun than they are with their patient's procedure, as can be seen by one recent case. There, a board-certified dermatologist, known for sharing videos of herself singing and dancing during surgery, recently made national news when she was sued for medical malpractice by several patients.

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.

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