Medical emergency malpractice law follows different rules from regular medical malpractice. Because of this, ensure you contact professional Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys if you feel like you are the victim of a doctor’s negligence.
Generally speaking, the burden of proof will be much harder in medical emergency malpractice cases. First responders like EMTs will be shielded from almost any liability as will any “good Samaritans” that stop to help you before medical professionals arrive. The one exception would be if they had acted in an egregiously negligent or reckless manner.
Doctors, nurses and other professionals in the emergency room, though, are held to a similar standard as non-emergency medical providers. Although courts typically raise the bar to prove that your doctor acted negligently due to the faster pace in the ER, you nevertheless have an opportunity for a fair hearing if you feel that you were the victim of negligence or other malpractice.
There is one change which can be of significant benefit to people who are treated negligently in the ER. In these instances, you can usually also include the hospital in your suit. Although doctors are generally independent contractors, separate from the hospital, your relationship at the ER is with the hospital as the provider of the ER. As such, you may be able to gain access to their “deep pockets.”
In any case, medical emergency malpractice can be extremely complicated. Standards of proof are both more and, in the case of liability for the hospital, less stringent than traditional malpractice suits. Because of this, Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can help you assess your situation and gauge the legal validity of your claim. Should you need to move to court, they will devise and execute on a strategy to get you justice and hopefully make you right for the injuries that you suffered.