Medical Malpractice FAQ
Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
Below is a collection of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) our medical malpractice attorneys receive on a daily basis. We believe the more people understand and are aware of medical malpractice the better. Any doctor, nurse, or medical employee can make a mistake, and a mistake is not necessarily medical malpractice. But when a doctor’s negligence harms you and causes damages to you, that’s a potential medical malpractice lawsuit.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is medical malpractice?
- What are some common types of malpractice?
- How long do you have to file a claim?
What Is Medical Malpractice?
This is one of our top questions and definitely the most important question to properly understand. Medical malpractice is when a medical professional's actions fall below a reasonable level.
A medical expert may need to properly determine if the doctor failed to adhere to a reasonable level of care. If the actions by the medical provider caused injury or illness to a patient, and the patient suffered damages as a result of the medical provider’s failure to adhere to a reasonable standard of care, then the patient may file a legal claim to seek compensation for their losses and suffering.
A second part to this question would be, what does NOT constitute medical malpractice?
A bad outcome from medical treatment is not necessarily medical malpractice. Sometimes unintended complications can occur that may cause a bad medical outcome. Typically these complications (infection and bleeding, etc) are included in the consent form signed before surgery.
Due to the complicated nature of medical malpractice we recommend highly that you speak to a qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Greenberg & Bederman, LLC handles medical malpractice cases and has worked with quality medical experts to represent our clients.
What are some common types of malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a general term used to describe any type of medical negligence that causes injury. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice are:
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Surgical Errors
- Prescription Errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Birth Injuries (Such as Cerebral Palsy)
- Nursing Home Abuse
Read more about different types of medical malpractice.
How long do I have to file a Medical Malpractice claim?
The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years. Typically this means you have three years after the medical malpractice occurs. However, if you were not properly diagnosed for cancer and you just found out you have cancer, you have three years from the date of discovery.
The statute of limitations is different in different states. As always it is important to speak to a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to help understand if your case falls within your state’s statute of limitations law.
If you or a loved one has suffered from cerebral palsy, call a medical malpractice lawyer at Greenberg & Bederman, LLC at 301-589-2200 or toll-free at 800-800-1144 or submit a request for a free medical malpractice legal consultation online today.
The initial malpractice consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your medical malpractice case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations, so please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
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