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Laser Spine Surgery Malpractice

Medical Negligence Lawyers Serving Baltimore Residents

When laser spine surgery is not performed properly, it can make the patient’s condition worse. Further, these patients are often left in debt due to the high cost of the procedure. If you have sustained a serious injury as the result of laser spine surgery malpractice, an experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorney may be able to help. Having represented countless Maryland clients in their medical negligence cases, we are available to discuss your options with you and develop a case strategy if you have a viable claim.

Laser Spine Surgery

Laser spine surgery uses a fixed beam of light to remove soft tissues over the spine through a small cut. This procedure is commonly used to treat herniated or ruptured discs, getting rid of the damaged part of the disc to minimize pain. Laser spine surgery is often promoted as being minimally invasive or even non-invasive with far fewer risks than traditional surgery. The reality, however, is that these procedures require an incision and use of the laser itself can result in serious complications.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, a large and well-known spinal treatment center had almost seven times the number of medical malpractice claims filed against it compared to other facilities performing outpatient surgery nationally.

Laser Spine Surgery Malpractice

Failure to perform a laser spine surgery in a safe manner may constitute medical malpractice. When medical malpractice necessitates additional surgeries or results in serious injury that greatly diminishes the victim’s quality of life, you may be able to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice refers to professional negligence by a healthcare provider that leads to substandard treatment, resulting injury to a patient. Put another way, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes injury or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care that was expected of the medical professional under the circumstances.

To win a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff must establish the following elements: i) the defendant owed the patient a duty of care; ii) the doctor breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff and iii) the plaintiff’s breach was a direct cause of the laser spine surgery injury and damages.

Expert Witnesses in Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases

In all Maryland medical malpractice cases, an expert witness is required to provide his or her opinion in regards to whether the medical professional in question provided the acceptable level of care in the laser spine surgery and if not, whether the failure to provide an acceptable level of care was a direct cause of the patient’s injury and damages. The expert witness must be in same or a similar specialty as the defendant in order to evaluate the defendant’s professional conduct. Your attorney can help you arrange to have a qualified expert review and testify in your case.

Statute of Limitations in Malpractice Cases

Under Maryland law, patients only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the at-fault medical professionals. This time frame is known as the statute of limitations. Patients must file a medical malpractice claim within five years from the date of the injury or within three years from when the injury was discovered, whichever takes place earlier. If you fail to file within the statute of limitations, you may permanently lose your right to file a claim.

Seasoned Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Baltimore

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered harm due to laser spine surgery malpractice, you may be able to sue the at-fault surgeon. Not all adverse outcomes are the result of medical malpractice. We will examine the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim. If we take your case, you can rest assured that we will strive to protect your rights every step of the way. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore lawyers are committed to pursuing the full and fair compensation their clients deserve after the harm they have suffered. For more information, please call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.