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When you seek medical help, you have a right to trust that you will receive treatment that meets an accepted standard of care. But if the provider fails in that duty and injures you, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice claim in Maryland. However, medical negligence claims are notoriously difficult to pursue without the help of an experienced attorney. Talk to Trollinger Law LLC.

Our award-winning legal team represents clients in medical malpractice cases throughout Southern Maryland. We know how to investigate these complex claims, establish the medical provider’s negligence, negotiate with insurers, and present a compelling case in court if needed. Contact us today for a free consultation with a compassionate medical malpractice attorney.

What is Medical Malpractice?

When you receive treatment from a medical professional, you are entitled to the same level of care that another provider of similar training and experience would give in similar circumstances. A healthcare provider who fails to provide the expected standard of care or treatment may have engaged in medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice results from negligence that injures a patient. It could occur through an inappropriate action or a failure to act. You deserve compensation if you suffered physical, financial, or emotional losses due to a medical professional’s negligence.

Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice claims arise from a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Misdiagnosis: Patients can suffer life-threatening harm when a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis. However, a misdiagnosis is not automatic grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Even skilled physicians make diagnostic errors when evaluating the potential cause of a health condition. A medical malpractice lawyer can determine whether the doctor used reasonable care when assessing differential diagnoses.
  • Surgical errors: Medical malpractice also occurs when a provider makes a mistake during surgery, such as performing the wrong procedure or leaving a foreign object in the patient’s body.
  • Birth injuries: Failure to adequately manage a pregnancy or delivery can cause harm to the baby, the mother, or both patients. Birth injuries can be severe, leading to lifelong issues for the child and even death.
  • Medication errors: Treatment for many medical conditions requires that medication be accurately prescribed, dosed, and monitored. A doctor may engage in malpractice by prescribing a medication a patient is allergic to or failing to monitor them for adverse side effects. Alternatively, a pharmacist could be negligent by filling the wrong prescription or making a similar error.
  • Delayed diagnosis or treatment: A medical professional who fails to diagnose or treat a life-threatening condition like cancer could allow that condition to worsen, with potentially fatal results.
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