Male reproductive and urological health is not something that many people consider until they are faced with concerning symptoms. When such symptoms arise, men will typically turn to andrologists, who are doctors that specialize in treating men’s health issues, for diagnosis and care. While skilled andrologists can tackle a variety of health concerns, doctors that mismanage patient care can cause devastating harm. If you sustained losses due to andrologist malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation and should speak to a lawyer regarding your rights. The aggressive Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys of Arfaa Law Group can advise you of your options and help you fight to hold the physician that caused your suffering accountable. We regularly represent parties in cases in Baltimore, and we are eager to help you seek just results.Damages Caused by Andrologist Malpractice
Andrologists focus on the treatment of fertility, reproductive, and urological issues that affect men. For example, they diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction, infertility, cancer of the genitals, priapism, and genital trauma. They also frequently test for sexually transmitted diseases and perform surgical procedures such as vasectomies, resection of the ejaculatory duct, and biopsies. When an andrologist fails to provide a patient with an accurate diagnosis, however, or does not properly treat an illness or condition, it can cause significant harm. For example, it can result in the loss of fertility, the inability to maintain an erection, urinary incontinence, and the progression and spread of cancer.Pursuing Claims Against a Negligent Andrologist
When an andrologist fails to provide adequate care, it can result in distressing issues that affect the patient’s health as well as his relationships, and in many instances, the losses are permanent. Thus, men harmed by andrologist malpractice often seek to recover damages via a medical malpractice lawsuit. Usually, a plaintiff pursuing damages for incompetent medical care will allege a negligence claim against the defendant.
Under Maryland law, establishing medical negligence requires a plaintiff to prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to treat the plaintiff in a manner that met the applicable standard of care, which is the level of treatment that would be provided by a competent and reasonable practitioner in the same specialty when faced with similar circumstances. The plaintiff must also show that the defendant’s actions or failure to act demonstrate a departure from the standard of care. In the majority of cases, the plaintiff will need to hire a medical expert to explain the standard of care that applies to the judge or jury, and also to offer testimony as to the manner in which the defendant breached the standard of care.
Finally, the plaintiff must not only prove that the defendant deviated from the applicable standard, but also must prove that the deviation proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer actual harm. In other words, it must be established that the plaintiff would not have suffered losses if the defendant complied with the standard of care and that the defendant’s actions were a significant factor in bringing about the plaintiff’s harm. Usually, demonstrating causation also requires expert testimony. As a defendant in a medical malpractice case will often blame the plaintiff’s injuries on a pre-existing condition or a factor other than the defendant’s care, whether the defendant will be deemed accountable often depends on the strength of the plaintiff’s expert’s testimony. A plaintiff that ultimately proves liability may be able to recover the cost of past and future medical treatment, out of pocket expenses, compensation for any lost wages, and damages for mental trauma, pain, and suffering.Discuss Your Potential Claims with a Skillful Attorney in Baltimore
When a doctor fails to provide the care necessary to prevent or treat reproductive or urological issues, it can greatly impact a man’s health as well as his quality of life. If you sustained harm because of a careless andrologist you should speak with a lawyer about your potential claims. At Arfaa Law Group, our attorneys are adept at aiding parties who suffered losses because of incompetent in the pursuit of damages and we can develop persuasive arguments on your behalf to help you seek a favorable outcome. We regularly represent people in medical malpractice claims in Baltimore, where our office is located. You can contact us through our form online or at 410-889-1850 to set up a conference.