Neurology is a complicated practice that often involves intricate procedures, complex assessments, and invasive diagnostic techniques that require advanced training and skill. Unfortunately, however, even neurologists with extensive training and experience are not immune to making mistakes, and patients can be harmed by their neurologist’s failure to provide competent care. If you sustained injuries due to malpractice committed by a neurologist, you may be able to pursue compensation for your harm. The Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers of Arfaa Law Group are available to help people harmed by professional negligence involving neurology, and can diligently seek any damages you may be entitled to.Injuries Commonly Caused by Neurology Malpractice
Neurologists treat conditions and disorders of the nervous system, including issues affecting the spine, brain, and nerves. As such, they are often called upon to make diagnoses and treatment determinations based on diagnostic imaging and their patients’ movements, memory, reflexes, and balance. If a neurologist fails to properly assess a patient’s symptoms and provides an incorrect diagnosis, or does not diagnose a patient in time, it can result in grave harm. For example, patients who do not receive timely and appropriate intervention may suffer harm due to preventable strokes, brain hemorrhages, ruptured aneurysms, and seizures. Incompetent care provided by a neurologist can also cause a worsening of conditions and symptoms such as neuropathy, nerve damage, and multiple sclerosis.Proving a Neurologist Committed Malpractice
A patient injured due to inadequate treatment rendered by a neurologist can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the neurologist. Generally, lawsuits pursued against neurologists in Maryland allege medical negligence. Thus, the plaintiff must establish that the neurologist had a duty to provide treatment that met or exceeded the standard of care, and that the neurologist acted or failed to act in a manner that constituted a breach of the standard. The standard of care that applies is the care that a neurologist with similar training and skills would provide under the same circumstances. In most cases, the injured party must retain a medical expert to offer testimony explaining the standard of care, and the ways the neurologist’s behavior constituted a breach of that standard. The injured patient must not only establish a breach of the standard of care, however but must also demonstrate that the breach caused their harm. In other words, he or she must establish that if the neurologist had not breached the standard of care, he or she would not have sustained any damages. Typically, causation must be shown via expert testimony as well. An experienced medical negligence attorney can help you identify an expert qualified to serve as a witness in your neurology malpractice case.
A patient who successfully demonstrates that a neurologist committed malpractice and should be liable for the patient’s harm may be awarded the cost of any medical treatment, including hospitalizations, surgery, and therapy, as well as the cost of treatment he or she will need in the future. If the patient could not work due to his or her harm, he or she may be awarded compensation for lost earnings as well. In addition to compensation for the financial losses caused by his or her injuries, a patient may be awarded damages for the pain, suffering, and mental anguish he or she endured.Confer with an Assertive Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore
When a neurologist commits a medical error, it can cause permanent nerve injuries, brain damage, and other significant harm. If you suffered damages due to neurology malpractice in Baltimore, you can consult legal counsel regarding what redress may be available for your losses. The assertive medical malpractice attorneys of Arfaa Law Group take pride in protecting the interests of injured patients, and we can zealously advocate on your behalf to help you seek any damages you may be owed. We can be reached via our form online or at (410) 889-1850 to set up a free and confidential conference to discuss your legal options.