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Medical Mistakes

Medical Mistakes2016-11-24T16:14:08+00:00

Why Medical Mistakes happen

Thousands of preventable medical mistakes take place every year in Maryland and throughout the United States. The consequences of these actions can be devastating to a patient. If a medical professional is negligent and fails to take proper care when treating a patient, that health care provider can be liable for any resulting injuries. Doctors, nurses, and others have a duty to be vigilant during the treatment process. If you or someone close to you has been hurt because of a health care provider’s error, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney without delay.

Pursuing Compensation after a Medical Mistake

Surgeons and healthcare professionals need to be cautious when treating patients. Each case is different, and each patient will require a different level of care. In some cases, a medical procedure may require the physician’s attention on an ongoing basis. Mistakes can arise in a variety of situations, some of which include anesthesia errors, surgical errors, labor and delivery errors, prescription medication errors, supervision errors, and misdiagnoses.

When a doctor or healthcare professional is determined to be negligent because of a medical mistake, it means that they have failed to use the level of skill and precaution that another medical professional in the same specialty and geographic area would have used in the same or similar circumstances. It also means that this failure to meet the appropriate standard of care directly caused harm to a patient, who incurred damages as a result. For example, a surgeon who leaves an instrument in a patient’s body after an operation likely would be considered negligent because a prudent Maryland surgeon in good professional standing would not do such a thing, recognizing the importance of avoiding such a risk.

Medical mistakes can result in significant injury to the patient, including long-lasting or permanent disability and even death. If you have been hurt due to a medical mistake, you can seek compensation for your injuries by filing a negligence lawsuit against the responsible party. Generally, this requires expert testimony to establish the necessary elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages.

Maryland law mandates that every claim be settled or filed in court within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. This rule requires that any lawsuit arising out of medical malpractice be filed within three years from the date the injury was discovered, but in any case no more than five years from when it happened. If the victim is a child, however, he or she may have more time to bring a claim. Failure to take legal action within the applicable statute of limitations could mean losing your legal right to be heard by a court altogether.

Enlist an Injury Attorney to Protect Your Rights in Prince George’s County

At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our injury lawyers have helped many residents of Prince George’s County and other areas in Maryland assert their rights through medical malpractice claims. With over 75 years of collective experience, we have obtained record settlements and verdicts for many of our clients, including the largest verdict in a medical malpractice case in Maryland history in the amount of $55,000,000,00 against Johns Hopkins Hospital. We understand the nuances of this area of law and can give your case the care and attention that it deserves. To learn more about your legal rights and options, do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 888-952-9669 for a free consultation.

Birth Injury Results

$55 Million - Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict in MD.

$33.5M - Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict in TN.

$15.5M- Birth Injury
Largest Malpractice Verdict MN.

$21M- Birth Injury
Verdict Maryland.

$15.6M Cerebral Palsy
Verdict Maryland.

$14M- Medical Malpractice
Verdict Maryland.

$9.2M- Birth Injury/CP
Largest Verdict in MN.
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$7M- Failure to Diagnose
Verdict Minnesota.

$5.3M- Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Verdict Washington D.C.

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Verdict Iowa.

$5M - Cebral Plasy/Birth Injury
Verdict Illinois.

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Gary A. Wais, Sr. Partner

Gary is the senior managing partner. Practicing for 30 years, he has dedicated his career to championing the needs of the most seriously injured victims of malpractice. Focusing specifically on birth injury cases, Gary continues to obtain record setting verdicts and settlements in Maryland and Nationwide.

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Kenneth Vogelstein, Sr. Partner

Kenny is a senior partner and a physician. His medical knowledge has proven invaluable in his 25 year practice. Kenny focuses on birth trauma, cerebral palsy and catastrophic malpractice injuries. He has recovered millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his seriously injured clients.

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Keith D. Forman, Partner

Keith, a partner, was member of the team that obtained 3 of the 4 largest verdicts in Medical Malpractice history in Maryland, including a $55M verdict and a $21M verdict respectively against two hospitals. A keen and tenacious advocate for his clients, he was invited to join the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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Stephen C. Offutt, Partner

Stephen is one of the Nation's preeminent and seasoned Medical Malpractice trial lawyers. With an extensive record of multi-million dollar verdicts, in 2014 the National Trial Lawyers Association named him one of the Best Trial Lawyers in America following a birth injury verdict for $33.4M. Stephen fights aggressively for seriously injured children nation wide.

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Mary Koch, Partner

Mary will stand & deliver Big for Justice. From her early days as a Federal Prosecutor to large corporate wrong doers, her multi-million verdicts are prolific. Mary won a 34.3M verdict against corporate wrongdoing, one of the Nation's largest in 2010. Mary is tenacious crusader for the rights of injured victims and will fight relentlessly for Justice

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"A seriously unbelievable malpractice team. It truly is high-stakes litigation and this is the malpractice dream team you want. They have the knowledge, resources and tenacity to obtain successful results over the long haul and they are clearly not afraid of anybody. Because of their work, our familie's very existence is made possible."
– D.L.

"Reading this firm's lengthly list of verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice and birth injury is what convinced us. We took a lot of time to select the right law firm for our disabled child with serious life time disability and we are glad we did. Our son will have millions in life time needs because of the hospital care and they did not want to listen to us. They can hear us loud and clear now."

– A.J.

"There are no words to begin to explain how grateful we are for what your team has done for our family. I cannot begin to imagine how we would have survived following the negligent care. Your positive encouragement and support was a beacon of light throughout this difficult process. Hearing that eight figure verdict read in court was the sweetest thing I have ever heard. Thank you and Bless you. "

– W.R.

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