Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers
What does Medical Malpractice law mean?
The law that governs the liability of medical practitioners and other personnel related to the field is collectively known as Medical Malpractice law. These laws ensure that medical practitioners do not ignore their duties and act in a highly organized and attentive manner when they deal with their patients.
Most states of the U.S. have their own set of standards and regulations that govern how any kind of injury to the patient is supposed to be handled. Depending on the nature and the severity of the injury, the court will decide the correct compensation for the victim. These laws apply under most circumstances and ensure that the rights of the patients are held in the utmost regard at all times.
There are several categories of errors that can happen in the medical world. These errors include delay or failure in establishing a diagnosis of the patient’s condition, prescribing the wrong kind of pharmaceutical drugs to the patient, failing to warn the patient about the potential hazards of prescribed drugs, or errors in surgical procedures.
If a doctor makes a mistake during the process of surgery or childbirth, medical malpractice laws provide for the victim with compensation for such acts of negligence.
These laws are strict because if a doctor makes any mistake during the treatment of the patient, it can be dangerous and can cause permanent damage to the patient. This is the reason why damage awards in the medical malpractice field are among the largest of all personal injury awards.
These damages may include things such as physical pain, medical expenses, and emotional suffering of the patient. Damages awarded to a victim may also cover the lost wages of the patient, and the subsequent decrease in earning capability. The law also provides for compensation for impairment or disfigurement of the patient. This compensation may vary depending on the nature of the damages and the circumstances of the harm.
In such cases, the role of expert witnesses cannot be underestimated because deciding what measures could have been taken to avoid any the harm to the patient are far too complicated to be understood completely by the judges or juries on their own. This is why other doctors are invited to carry out an independent study of the case.
If you or a loved one is suffering because of medical malpractice, let the attorneys at Altmark, Rotter & Trock, LLP take care of the proceedings. Please call us for a free consultation at (410) 783-9230, or toll-free outside of Baltimore at 1-(888) 966-5566.