We have some of the best hospitals in the country in Baltimore, Washington DC and Maryland. But, like anywhere else there is medical negligence and malpractice causing injury and sometimes serious injury or death every day. A high percentage of these cases are directly attributable to acts of medical negligence on the part of a doctor, physician, nurse, hospital, nursing home or other health care provider.
When visiting a doctor or other healthcare provider for injury or illness; we place our trust in this professional - sometimes mistakes happen even with the best healthcare professionals and other times our trust may be misplaced. Medical errors are so commonplace it is very difficult to protect yourself from being exposed to one. But not all errors result in serious injury or death. Many factors can contribute to errors like:
- Over-extended Physician schedules
- Illegible handwriting
- Lack of knowledge or certification
- Inadequate staffing
- Carelessness or inattention to details
It is not uncommon for an act of medical malpractice to go undiscovered. Often a patient or family member suspects medical malpractice but has been reassured by a doctor, nurse, or hospital that everything possible was done in their case. While many times this may be true - many times it is not.
Nearly half of doctors may be more likely to protect their colleagues instead of their patients, according to a survey by Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers found that 46 percent of doctors admitted to not reporting a serious medical error they had witnessed and 45 percent admitted to not reporting a physician who they knew to be impaired or incompetent.
In Maryland, few lawsuits are as complex, intellectually demanding and as highly contested as Medical Malpractice. The insurance companies representing the various hospitals or healthcare providers have unlimited resources to defend their interests and to avoid compensating you or a family member who may have a valid medical malpractice claim. At our firm, we have the legal skill, medical knowledge and experience to protect your interests and we also have the financial resources to put you on equal ground with the powerful insurance companies.
What Should I do if Suspect Medical Malpractice?
If you suspect you (or a loved one) have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact a highly qualified Maryland medical malpractice attorney right away. At STSW, our team is experienced with the complexities of medical malpractice cases and we're committed to recovering the maximum compensation for our clients who have been injured as a result of medical error or malpractice.
We have successfully litigated many cases including:
- Birth Injuries
- Brachial Plexus/Erb’s Palsy/shoulder dystocia
- Cancer misdiagnoses or delay in treating cancer
- Cerebral Palsy
- Failure to diagnose infections/sepsis
- Failure to timely treat infections/sepsis
- Failure to diagnose and treat heart attacks
- Failure to diagnose and treat strokes
- Failure to diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism and/or DVT
- Failure to diagnose and treat aneurysms
- Laboratory errors
- Medication/Prescription errors
- Nursing home negligence
- Nursing home falls
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spinal cord stimulator injuries