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Miscommunication in the ER can lead to medical errors

According to a 2016 study, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Most of these mistakes occur due to human error caused by a lack of communication amongst medical care professionals.

Botched back surgery leads to medical malpractice claim

Recently, we discussed how physicians and surgeons specializing in neurology are more likely to make mistakes than doctors practicing in other areas of medicine. This became even more evident recently when a patient filed a legal claim against a well-known neurosurgeon for medical malpractice and fraud after a back surgery left the patient in a wheelchair, unable to walk. While the neurosurgeon was the only one facing civil fraud charges, another surgeon and the state's insurance fund for physicians were also named in the suit.

Neurosurgeons are more likely to face malpractice claims

Brain surgery is less dangerous than ever before due to scientific advancements, but there are still significant risks involved due to the delicate and complex nature of the brain and spinal cord. There is often an increased risk associated with brain surgery when a negligent neurosurgeon fails to perform in accordance with the applicable standard of care. In fact, according to World Neurosurgery, neurosurgeons are the most likely specialists to face medical malpractice claims.

Post-surgical complications can be signs of medical malpractice

Every time you undergo a surgery or other medical procedure in Maryland, there is a chance that things will not go as smoothly as you hope. Surgical complications can cause serious injury to a patient and make the healing process much more difficult. While some complications are unavoidable, many others occur because of the actions or inactions of a negligent medical professional.

Medical malpractice damages: what can you recover?

People that have suffered an injury or illness because of a doctor's surgical errors deserve to be compensated for their injuries. By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the parties that caused you harm, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages to help support you and your family during this difficult time.

Gross negligence may play a role in a medical malpractice claim

If a doctor breaches his or her duty to a patient by failing to adhere to the appropriate and applicable standard of medical care, then that doctor may be found negligent and held liable for any harm caused to the patient. Gross negligence refers to actions that go beyond standard negligence. Maryland doctors who are grossly negligent may act so recklessly that even the average person would be aware that their behavior is inappropriate.

Bill Paxton's family claims wrongful death in lawsuit

When a doctor provides negligent care to patients, they could be sued for wrongful death if the patient passes away because of the doctor's treatment. Our readers may remember seeing news reports that actor Bill Paxton underwent heart surgery to replace a valve and repair an aortic aneurysm in early 2017, and experienced complications before dying of a stroke 11 days after the surgery. Paxton's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital responsible for treating Paxton, claiming that they were negligent in their diagnosis, management and treatment of Paxton.

"Burned-out" physicians may provide poor quality care to patients

Doctors are often under a great deal of stress, working long hours and having to perfectly perform surgery in high-pressure situations. This demanding lifestyle can result in what is known as "physician burnout." Generally, doctors experiencing burnout can experience exhaustion and depression, lose the ability to care about their patients and become unable to find meaning in the work they do. Unfortunately, many burned out physicians in Maryland end up making critical surgical errors that cause harm to their patients.

Did my physician breach the standard of care owed to me?

No matter what type of medical treatment you undergo, your physician is required by law to adhere to a specific standard of care when treating you. If you plan to file a medical malpractice claim, a big part of your case will be determining whether your doctor adhered to the appropriate standard of care during the course of your treatment.

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