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Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Maryland

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When a healthcare professional fails to deliver the utmost standard of care, it is the patient who ultimately suffers the consequences. People put their trust in healthcare professionals to deliver desired results while providing a general standard of care for patients. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as many patients endure painful experiences that result in more harm than good.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of medical malpractice, it is crucial that you have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer standing by your side. The experienced team at Potter Burnett Law is dedicated to protecting the rights of patients who have fallen victim to medical malpractice.

Call us as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation at (301) 804-6784 or fill out our online form. We can take the pressure off while you focus on healing.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is defined as any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient.

All healthcare providers must comply with “the standard of care.” The standard of care for a healthcare provider in Maryland is what a reasonably prudent healthcare provider would do under the same or similar circumstances. If a healthcare provider fails to act reasonably under the circumstances, then he or she has “breached” the standard of care. But a breach alone is not malpractice – the breach by the healthcare provider must cause damage. The damage caused by a medical mistake varies but usually involves a serious injury or death.

Medical malpractice cases our team has handled for our valued clients over the years include:

How Common are Medical Malpractice Errors

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins. This accounts for nearly 250,000 deaths a year.

Damages We Can Recover

In medical malpractice cases, it is important to know exactly who is eligible to be held liable. Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and health care facilities are all potential parties to be found negligent in these cases.

There are two forms of damages that can be awarded: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are meant to cover medical bills and lost wages while non-economic ones are designed to compensate victims and their families for physical pain and suffering, emotional damages, loss of quality of life, and loss of life. Potter Burnett Law is committed to righting the wrongs caused by medical negligence and malpractice while helping clients to receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Medical Malpractice FAQs

How do I know if my injury was malpractice or a complication of the procedure?

In general, it is malpractice if the injury or “bad outcome” could have been prevented or should have been avoided. On the other hand, if the healthcare provider acted reasonably and took reasonable precautions and an injury resulted anyway, the injury might be a known complication. Determining whether an injury was malpractice or a known complication often involves an expert opinion by another healthcare provider in the same or similar area of medicine and your attorney will investigate the care and treatment to determine this answer.

Who will pay me if there’s a settlement or verdict against a healthcare provider?

Just like you have car insurance, most healthcare providers have medical malpractice insurance that will pay the settlement or judgment. If a claim is against a hospital, most hospitals are self-insured for actions of their healthcare providers.

What happens after my free consultation?

If an attorney determines the injury or death may be the result of a medical error the next step would be to obtain all of the relevant medical records and have them reviewed by a medical expert. Again, the investigation is at NO COST to you. If the experts believe there was a breach of the standard of care that caused you or your loved one harm, the next step would be filing a lawsuit and pursuing your claim.

How long after an injury do I have to file a medical malpractice claim?

In Maryland, the time to file a medical practice, also known as the Statute of Limitations, is generally 3 years.

If the injury is not immediately known, victims have 3 years from when the injury is or should have been discovered. But, absent special circumstances, a lawsuit must be filed within 5 years from the date of the malpractice. Common cases where there is a delay in discovering an injury often involve cancer that should have been found earlier.

To make things even more confusing, in cases involving children, the time to bring a lawsuit starts running when the child turns 18 years old regardless of when the injury occurred. If you think you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, you should take action immediately. If your case is past the statute of limitations, no attorney in the world can fix it.

What do I do if I don’t have money to hire a lawyer right now?

You are in luck! At Potter Burnett Law we handle our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means the consultation is free and we work on your case without getting paid until you receive a recovery. You do not pay anything unless, and until, we secure a settlement or verdict for you. No money is required upfront.

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Call our Maryland office today to discuss your potential medical malpractice claim with our attorneys at (301) 804-6784.

Getting the Results You deserve

Read Some of Most Notable Case Results
  • $1,380,000 Car Accident Verdict

    Our client suffered a comminuted fracture of his arm when a commercial vehicle pulled out in front of him on the highway.

  • $1,100,000 Car Accident Verdict

    Baltimore mother and daughter rear-ended on route 301 in Virginia. Physical therapy treatment only.

  • $1,068,000 Car Accident Verdict

    Charles County client injured when a car turned left in front of him.

  • $993,650 Car Accident Verdict

    Woman rear ended by a hit and run vehicle and suffered lower back injury.

  • $650,000 Car Accident Verdict

    Client was a passenger in a car, and suffered serious injuries.

  • $600,000 Car Accident Verdict

    Our client was t-boned when the adverse driver ran a red light. Client had conservative treatment, no injections or surgery.

  • $600,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

    Eastern Shore of Maryland wrongful death case for 83-year-old man.

  • $550,000 Car Accident Settlement

    Prince George’s county car crash – 52 year old man injured neck, had surgery with full recovery.

  • $500,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

    altimore City wrongful death case for 75-year-old man.

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