When you or a family member visits a medical professional, you are quite literally entrusting your life to this person. In this situation, you have the right to expect competent, conscientious medical care. And most medical professionals are aware of just how significant a responsibility they possess.
However, Cohen & Dwin's Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers have seen time and time again that, no matter how skilled and experienced a medical professional might be, avoidable mistakes still occur. There's a reason tens of thousands of Americans die every year from medical errors.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated, and when you've suffered a personal injury as the result of a medical error, you need our experienced lawyers to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you've been hurt by medical malpractice in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please call Cohen & Dwin, P.A., today at 410-653-6000 for a free consultation.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
The first step in pursuing compensation in your case is to determine whether your case qualifies as a medical malpractice claim. And this is trickier than it might sound.
For those who've suffered injuries, or for surviving family members of those who lost their lives during a medical procedure, it seems simple enough: something awful happened while in the care of a medical professional, and that's malpractice.
But the law sees it differently. We recognize that the practice of medicine is complicated, and that, in some cases, a tragic result can occur in the absence of any mistake. A doctor can do everything right, and a patient can still lose his or her life. A tragic outcome, while always devastating, is not necessarily a case of medical malpractice.
What our lawyers will be looking for is a violation of the standard of care. A standard of care is a diagnostic or treatment process a reasonable medical professional can be expected to follow in a given situation. If a doctor fails to follow a standard of care and an injury or death results, a medical malpractice claim is viable.
So, for example, if a patient comes to the hospital complaining of abdominal muscles and a loss of sensation in his or her extremities, there is a process attending medical professionals can be expected to follow in diagnosing the cause of these symptoms. If the professional in question fails to follow this process, and a diagnosis is missed, there is likely a medical malpractice claim, provided it can be shown that there was a genuine injury suffered as a result of the mistake.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Claims
There are a wide range of medical malpractice cases, and our lawyers have experience with all of them. We have helped victims of:
- Diagnosis errors
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors, such as anesthesia mistakes or the removal of the wrong limb
- Plastic surgery malpractice
- Psychiatric malpractice
This is, of course, an incomplete list. If your case doesn't seem to fall under one of the broad categories listed above, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to discuss your case. If we feel there is a foundation for a medical malpractice claim, we can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages and, in the tragic event of a death caused by medical malpractice, funeral expenses.
If you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please call Cohen & Dwin, P.A today at 410-653-6000 for a free consultation.