Hospital and Nurse Negligence
Each year, many patients in Maryland and across the U.S. are injured or even killed due to hospital or nurse negligence. If a hospital or nurse has harmed you or someone close to you, it is important to consult a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer who can help you understand and protect your rights. At Arfaa Law Group, we have helped many people throughout the state of Maryland pursue the compensation that they deserve, and we can help you as well.Holding a Negligent Hospital or Nurse Accountable for Your Injuries
To establish a medical malpractice claim, a plaintiff must show that a health care provider failed to meet the relevant standard of care and caused an injury or death to a patient. For the defendant to be liable, their conduct must have deviated from what a properly trained, reasonably prudent health care provider in the same field of medicine would have done in the same situation.
Medical malpractice often takes place in a hospital setting when negligence by the hospital’s staff results in a patient’s injury or death. In this instance, not only the individual staff member but also the hospital as an entity often may be held liable. Many procedures carry inherent risks, and an adverse reaction is sometimes a possibility despite a medical professional’s best efforts. However, as long as the medical professional’s decision was unreasonable under the circumstances and was inconsistent with the accepted standard of care, a medical malpractice claim likely is appropriate.
In the context of nurse negligence, a nurse commits medical malpractice when they fail to do what a reasonably prudent nurse would do, and the patient suffers harm as a result. For example, a nurse will likely be liable for malpractice if they mistakenly administer an inappropriate dose of a medication to a patient or if they forget to administer a medication that a patient was meant to receive.
Under Maryland law, victims of medical malpractice may seek many forms of compensation for their harm. The goal of compensation is to make the injured person “whole” again. As a result, a plaintiff may typically recover damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injury-related costs and harms. It is important to present testimony from experts and other witnesses to illustrate the full extent of the victim’s injuries.
You should be aware that Maryland plaintiffs only have a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim, which is known as the statute of limitations. Typically, a claim must be filed either within five years from the date of the injury or within three years from the date that the injury was discovered, whichever is earlier. The statute of limitations for malpractice affecting children is different, however, and it is important to discuss its complexities with an attorney.Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in the Baltimore Area
At Arfaa Law Group, Baltimore medical malpractice attorney Julia Arfaa is committed to holding negligent health care providers responsible for the harm that they cause. You can trust that she will work diligently to seek the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Arfaa Law Group represents victims and their families throughout the state of Maryland. To set up a free consultation with an injury attorney, feel free to call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.