Introduction and General Information
INTRO TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & CATASTROPHIC INJURY
General Legal Information
Snyder & Snyder can help those who need medical malpractice or catastrophic injury lawyers. Victims of medical negligence are protected by law. To learn more about your rights regarding catastrophic injury or birth injuries, read on to discover more information pertinent to Medical malpractice and catastrophic injury law.
About Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice entails a tragedy that can occur when a medical professional acts negligently, resulting in the injury of the patient. The following are some examples of medical malpractice:
- When a doctor or nurse fail to properly diagnose a disease or medical condition
- When a doctor or nurse fails to employ the appropriate treatment for a medical condition
- When a doctor or nurse unreasonably delays the treatment of a diagnosed medical condition
Medical malpractice is professional medical negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. Medical malpractice law varies by country, but what remains universal is the professional liability insurance medical professionals are required to maintain in order to offset the risk and costs associated with medical malpractice lawsuits.
Doctors may be liable for prescribing experimental drugs or performing cosmetic surgery. Our team of Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers can help you assess whether you have a case.
Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy
Sadly, medical mistakes are the cause of countless cerebral palsy cases, which can occur when doctors and hospitals workers make a medical mistake during the birthing process. Here are some examples of medical mistakes that can result in birth injury:
- If the child is left in the birth canal for too long, leading to child asphyxiation
- A failure to observe and treat seizures that may follow child delivery
- Any failure to detect an instance where the umbilical cord wraps around the child’s neck
- Excessive vacuum extraction
- Improperly using forceps during delivery
- Performing a cesarean section (c-section) during fetal distress in an incorrect manner
- Not responding to fetal heart rate changes
- Not having properly planned a Cesarean Section (c-section)
- Failure to notice the mother’s conditions as they change
- Failure to treat jaundice within a reasonable time period
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of acquired brain injury (damage to the brain that occurs after the child delivery process). TBI can occur when the human head collides with an object, and the term also applies to situations where an object pierces through the skull and enters into the brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can vary from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the brain damage. Those with a mild TBI may remain conscious for up to a few minutes or experience headaches, lightheadedness, confusion, dizziness, eye fatigue or blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue or lethargy, altered sleeping patterns, behavioral or mood changes, forgetfulness, and concentration difficulties. People with a moderate or severe TBI experience increasingly painful headaches, vomiting, nausea, seizures, an inability to remain awake, dilated pupils, slurred speech, extreme weakness or numbness, poor coordination, confusion, restlessness, or agitation. Call our catastrophic injury lawyers if you believe medical malpractice has led to your or a loved one’s brain injury.
About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy affects movement and muscle coordination and is caused by damage to specific areas of the brain during fetal development or infancy. If someone has cerebral palsy, it is because they likely suffered a brain injury, resulting in an inability to use certain muscles of the body.
Education and applied technology can help cerebral palsy patients lead productive lives. CP is not a disease, nor is it contagious or progressive, but unfortunately, the condition cannot be cured. If medical malpractice led to your child’s CP, contact our cerebral palsy lawyers for a consultation.
What is Negligence?
Negligence is a legal concept utilized in litigation in order to achieve compensation for sustained injuries. Negligence falls under tort or delict and may pertain to criminal law as well. Even if a medical worker is sincerely exercising as much care as they are capable of, this effort may still fall below the level of expected competence and can be considered negligence.
Medical staff are culpable for all forms of medical negligence. If the care provided to patients by medical professionals does not meet a certain minimal standard, a medical negligence case may be present. If you, or a member of your family, believes the treatment you’ve received may have been considered medical negligence, you are advised to contact one of our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers.
A medical malpractice lawyer is a necessary component in successfully proving medical negligence cases. Due to the complexities of medical negligence cases, a medical malpractice lawyer will have to carry out an investigation and gather evidence of medical negligence. Any questions or concerns one may have regarding the possibility of a medical negligence case should be directed to qualified medical negligence lawyers.
If you intend to pursue a medical negligence or catastrophic injury case, it is necessary to act with haste. Statute of limitation laws pertaining to medical negligence will vary from state to state. To delay taking legal action may disqualify what could otherwise be construed as meritorious medical negligence cases from being pursued. Please contact us today to confer with one of our experienced Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers.