What is Medical Malpractice?
When a doctor, nurse, medical staff member, or other type of healthcare professional fails to deliver the required standard of care, it is the patient who ultimately suffers the consequences. Healthcare providers also choose treatments, and they have a duty to make the safest choice to reduce the risk of needless harm.
People who have been seriously hurt or have lost a loved one deserve to have strong legal representation, and at the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, we are committed to offering personalized, aggressive legal counsel.
How Long Do I have to file a claim?
Maryland has a 3 year statute of limitations in medical malpractice. Under certain circumstances, if a person did not know or should have known, it may be possible to extend the time to file to 3 years from when a person knew or should have known of the malpractice, not to exceed 5 years from the date of the malpractice.
In Maryland there are some exceptions. For minor children, the 3 year statute does not begin to run until the child reaches the age of majority. In a case where the injured victim suffers from a mental disability, depending on the circumstances, they may have until the mental disability is removed.
What Damages Are Available?
There are two main types of damages available in a medical malpractice case, economic and non-economic. Economic damages compensate for financial losses associated with the injury, such as inability to work, lost earning capacity, loss of household services and medical expenses. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses, such as pain and suffering or mental anguish. Maryland does place a cap, or limit, on non-economic damages.
Representing Injured Patients for 30 Years
Located in Annapolis, our firm handles cases throughout Maryland, in the D.C. metro area, and across the country. Michael H. Bereston has 30 years of trial experience representing clients and is held in high regard by his colleagues. He and our team take injury claims seriously and commit to helping you with the legal process by providing individualized attention.
- Bacterial meningitis: When a bacterial infection reaches the brain and spinal cord, it can cause a potentially fatal illness called bacterial meningitis. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are required to care for a patient with this condition because every hour that passes could give the infection a chance to worsen.
- Cerebral palsy: Various complications can cause a child to be born with cerebral palsy (CP), which is one of the most common types of brain injuries at birth. Oxygen deprivation is believed to be the leading cause, though. Children with CP can experience lifelong symptoms, including loss of muscle control and learning disabilities.
- Brain injury: When a patient suffers a brain injury due to the negligence of a medical provider, we find it inexcusable. Incorrect surgery, dangerous prescription medicines, and late diagnoses of serious illnesses are some of a few contributing factors to brain injuries caused by medical malpractice.
- Failure to diagnose: Doctors have a duty to recognize a patient’s symptoms and diagnose the issue as soon and as accurately as possible. When the ailment is unknown, additional tests must be ordered to get to the root of the issue.
- Hospital negligence: Hospitals are busy, frantic places, but that is no excuse for unacceptable care that puts patients in danger. Let our team know if you were hurt due to an administration error, lack of hospital cleanliness, defective medical tools, and other results of hospital negligence.
- Professional negligence: When a patient is injured or suffers a prolonged illness due to the mistakes of a medical professional, it is called professional negligence. We can handle cases involving surgeons, obstetricians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, etc.
- Wrongful death: The worst-case scenario of medical malpractice is the untimely passing of a patient due to a medical provider’s mistakes. Our law firm can represent surviving family members in a wrongful death claim filed against an individual practitioner or entire medical group.
Providing strong advocacy and support for our clients is of the utmost importance. We know that the legal aspects of a complex medical malpractice claim are overwhelming for the victim to deal with, which is why we are here to undertake all legal burdens for you.
This gives you the time and space you need to focus on your family, your own well-being, and your health. Please contact our experienced Maryland medical malpractice lawyer to discuss the details of your situation. We provide services throughout the U.S.