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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.

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.

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