Baltimore Lawyers Holding Negligent Medical Caregivers Accountable
For most patients, surgery is a scary process. While everyone hopes that surgery goes smoothly, the reality is that sometimes patients suffer surgical infections. Surgical infections can pose very serious and long-term risks to a patient’s health. The medical malpractice lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt in Baltimore have the know-how and determination to handle cases involving these complications. Our team is committed to treating our clients with the utmost compassion and respect. While we aim to settle each case as efficiently and effectively as possible, we are not afraid to fight for your rights in the courtroom if necessary.
What is a Surgical infection?
Most surgical infections are considered Surgical Site Infections. They are referred to this way because they occur where the surgery took place. Surgical infections can have a variety of causes, including insufficient sterilization of surgical instruments; failure to seal wounds property; not enough pre-operative preparation; failure to prescribe adequate anti-infection medication; and operating in unsanitary conditions. Some infections present with redness, delayed healing, fever, pain, tenderness, warmth or swelling but these infections can quickly grow into deadly situations.
Surgical Infections and Medical Malpractice Law
Surgical infections are a relatively common surgical complication, though some procedures carry a greater risk of infections than others.
If you have suffered harm because of a surgical infection, you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice refers to negligence committed by a healthcare professional. For a successful medical malpractice claim in Maryland, an individual must be able to prove the following elements:
- the healthcare provider had a duty to adhere to the standard of care;
- the health care provider breached the duty by not adhering to the standard of care;
- the breach was the direct cause of the patient’s quantifiable harm.
The standard of care is measured by what another healthcare provider in the same field would do in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a neurosurgeon’s conduct will be compared to another neurosurgeon’s conduct who is performing the same procedure.
Like most other states, Maryland requires that a medical doctor sign off on any medical malpractice claim. This requirement is to avoid frivolous lawsuits and make sure the medical malpractice claim being filed has merit. As such, medical malpractice attorneys must file a qualified statement that the healthcare provider violated the relevant standard of care and directly caused the plaintiff’s injury.
In a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, a number of different types of damages are available if the plaintiff successfully establishes negligence. The term damages simply refers to compensation for injuries. In Maryland, a plaintiff can recover economic and non-economic damages for the harm suffered. Economic damages can include lost income, cost of past and future medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, therapy expenses, and more. Non-economic damages can include intangible harm such as pain and suffering. It is important to note that in Maryland, there is a cap on non-economic damages but no cap on economic damages.
Attorneys Representing Medical Malpractice Victims in Prince George’s County
The surgical error attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt have over 75 years of collective experience. We have helped countless clients in Prince George’s County and throughout Maryland, and are here for you. Our highest priority is to provide compassionate and aggressive representation to those seriously injured. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please feel free to contact us online or call us at 888-952-9669.