Jump To Navigation

Posts tagged "medical malpractice"

Medical error victims in Maryland may seek help

In many hospitals across the country, including some in the Washington D.C. and Maryland areas, emergency rooms are understaffed but still must serve large numbers of patients, especially in large urban areas. Although the vast majority of patients receive good care, sometimes medical errors and misdiagnoses injure and even kill patients. Fortunately, those who are injured have the right to hold those who treat them responsible and to seek compensation for their pain and suffering and financial losses.

Doctors make mistakes and they should be disclosed to patients

Many Maryland residents may agree that doctors often avoid disclosing medical errors to their patients partly due to the fear of facing a medical malpractice lawsuit and partly due to their discomfort with the disclosure process. However, more and more doctors today agree that full disclosure of medical errors should be made to patients and many make this disclosure themselves.

Measurement systems can lead to fatal medication errors

Although relatively rare given the number of patients who are treated every year in the country thousands of people, including those in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area, fall victim to instances of medical malpractice in medical facilities every year. Among the most common errors are mistakes in pharmaceutical dosages. Such miscalculations often come when a patient's weight is converted from pounds to kilograms. Unfortunately, even a simple mathematical error can lead to a fatal drug overdose.

Maryland lawyers dealing in surgical error lawsuits

Surgical errors, such as wrong-site surgery or any other mistakes made during an operation, may lead to grave patient injuries or life-long disabilities. Many Maryland residents have fallen victim to these kinds of surgical errors, and injured patients and their family members may initiate a lawsuit in order to receive compensation from the doctor or hospital responsible for the error.

Medical malpractice and compensation payouts

Many doctors and healthcare professionals have been sued for medical malpractice in the United States. The National Practitioner Data Bank, or NPDB, has made it mandatory for all medical practitioners to report any medical malpractice lawsuit payments that they have made. All such medical malpractice lawsuit payments have to be reported to the database within a period of 30 days from the date of payment. This does not always happen however, as many medical malpractice lawsuits result in settlements, which do not have to be reported. Likewise, lawsuits filed only against hospitals go unreported.

What are "never events?"

"Never events" are the kind of surgical errors made by doctors and other medical practitioners that are so patently wrong and obvious that they should never have happened in the ordinary course of medical practice. Such never events may include wrong-site surgery, treatment delay resulting in severe disabilities or even the patient falling in the hospital due to the fault of a medical practitioner, doctor or nurse.

Precautions against hospital negligence for Maryland patients

When a loved one is admitted into a hospital, some people may worry about the standard of care that their loved one might receive. There may be a number of instances where corrective action can be taken for medical malpractice or hospital negligence, but there are other cases where the consequences of hospital negligence are tragic. Under Maryland law, healthcare providers have a duty to give the best possible care, but some precautions on the part of the patients and family members can also help.

Surgical error may have caused brain death

Any healthcare professional in Maryland knows that the vital signs of a patient must be properly supervised. Regardless of whether the patient has been administered medication or underwent a simple surgery, monitoring patient vital signs will help the doctor recognize, if something is wrong with the patient. Unfortunately, the hospital that provided care for a 13-year-old girl allegedly failed to promptly observe and supervise the teen's vital signs, resulting in a serious injury.

Our medical malpractice background can provide advantages

When a couple is expecting a child, both soon-to-be parents cannot wait for the day they hold their baby in their arms. In the meantime, parents are also concerned with the safety and health of their baby prior to birth. An expectant mother watches what she eats, takes prenatal vitamins and visits her doctor for regular checkups. However, taking prenatal care seriously does not guarantee that the baby will be protected from harm during child birth because birth injuries can and do occur. This medical error can happen during the delivery process, whether it's normal or Cesarean section.

Joan Rivers' daughter files medical malpractice lawsuit

In any kind of surgery or medical treatment, doctors and their staff are responsible for properly monitoring a patient. A patient's vital signs must be supervised at all times, particularly when the patient is under sedation. While adequate supervision is one of the basic responsibilities of doctors, the late comedienne Joan Rivers' doctors allegedly failed to do so when they performed an endoscopy on her.

FindLaw Network
Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

Subscribe to This Blog's Feed
Office Location

Law Offices of W. Scott Sonntag, P.A.
Maryland Trade Center III
7501 Greenway Center Drive # 460
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: 443-718-9931
Fax: 410-730-1615
Greenbelt Law Office