Medical malpractice is a broad category that covers many types of negligence. In some cases, medical malpractice is clearly evident by the nature of the circumstances, while in other instances it may not be immediately apparent. A medical malpractice attorney can help you determine whether your circumstances constitute medical malpractice under Maryland state law.
Here is a list of three of the most common types of medical malpractice categories in Maryland. If you have a case that you think constitutes medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney to discuss the particulars of your potential case.
1. Birth injuries
Birth injuries occur when a medical professional causes an injury during the delivery of a baby. The injury could be to the mother, the newborn baby or both. Some common injuries to the newborn baby include brachial palsy, fractures, hemorrhages and facial paralysis. Some injuries are temporary but others may be permanent. While not all birth injuries are necessarily a result of negligence on the part of medical providers, it is important not to rule out the possibility entirely before consulting with an attorney.
2. Surgical mistakes
Sometimes, surgeons or other medical personnel involved in an operation make critical mistakes that result in an injury to the patient. Some examples of these injuries are wrong-site surgery, when the doctor operates on the wrong part of the body; leaving surgical instruments inside the patient; infection as a result of unsanitary equipment; and damage to internal organs.
3. Diagnostic error
Although many people may think of physical injury or a direct surgical mistake as the most common type of medical malpractice, diagnostic error also falls under this label. If a doctor makes a wrong diagnosis that misses an important and dangerous illness such as cancer or a heart attack, the patient may decide to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice is a complicated issue, and if you suspect you may have a case to bring, the first step is to consult with a medical malpractice attorney in Maryland. An attorney can examine the particulars of your case and help you understand your options.