Am I a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Errors made by healthcare providers can have an intense impact on a patient’s life, often causing substantial pain and suffering, permanent disabilities and even death. Luckily, healthcare providers carry significant insurance policies to pay for their mistakes and to compensate patients and their families. In addition, skilled medical malpractice attorneys, such as the team at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, can help victims of medical malpractice receive compensation for their pain and suffering. Here, the Maryland medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg provide an overview of medical malpractice and your legal options as a victim.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider “breaches the standard of care,” which is essentially negligence for doctors. The “standard of care” is what a reasonably competent healthcare provider, with similar training and experience, would do under the same or similar circumstances. When a healthcare provider breaches the “standard of care,” and that negligence results in injury, a potential medical malpractice claim exists. Medical professionals have the responsibility to ensure they are upholding the appropriate standard of care, as an act of negligence or recklessness can drastically endanger a patient’s life.
Medical malpractice can occur in many medical scenarios including wrongful death, birth injury, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, nursing home abuse and injuries, amputation, injuries to internal organs, stroke, infection and more. Medical malpractice can occur in the form of a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, as well as medication errors, surgical errors and emergency room errors.
What Damages Can Victims of Medical Malpractice Recover?
Injuries that result from medical malpractice can give rise to a variety of recoverable damages, including:
Past and future pain and suffering
Pain and suffering can be organized into two categories, either physical or mental. While physical harm refers to physical injury that a victim suffers, mental pain and suffering refers to the distress, anxiety, depression and fear faced by a victim of malpractice.
Past and future medical expenses
As a victim of medical malpractice, recovering money spent on medical expenses at the hands of a healthcare provider is an important element of damages. The effects of medical malpractice may be long-lasting and require a significant amount of time and money to cover medical expenses.
Past and future lost wages
Loss of wages due to medical leave can impact everyday life and economic stability. Recovering these lost wages ensures you get the compensation you deserve. Rebuilding your life after medical malpractice takes time, so it is important to recover future wages to aid in establishing life after malpractice.
Loss of ability to perform household duties
The life you have built, as well as the important belongings you own, need to be nurtured and supported. The inability to perform household duties can leave you discouraged, and even depressed. That is why victims of medical malpractice that are subsequently unable to perform household duties deserve compensation.
Loss of consortium
Also known as loss of affection or companionship, loss of consortium refers to the deprivation of benefits in family relationships. This includes the inability to show affection in married life, parenting and other family relationships, and should not be overlooked when pursuing legal action.
How Can the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. Help You?
Health professionals have a duty to perform their job to the best of their medical ability and knowledge, and the neglect to properly perform this duty can result in lifelong injury and suffering. Medical malpractice can have a critical impact on your life and result in a host of physical, mental and financial obstacles. We will investigate cases where a doctor, nurse, hospital or other health care professional breached the standards of care and that negligence caused an injury. If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact the lawyers at The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A.. to discuss your potential case.