Do you think you may have been a victim of medical malpractice in Baltimore? Learn the basics of medical malpractice, and what to do if you feel you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice in Baltimore in this week’s blog.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to meet the recognized standard of care in his or her treatment of a patient, and the patient suffers an injury as a result. Both of these factors must be present in order for medical malpractice to have occurred. If the health care provider does not meet the standard of care (known as medical negligence) but the patient suffers no injury, then medical malpractice does not exist. The patient must have suffered an injury as a direct result of the actions (or inaction) of the health care provider.
What is the Standard of Care?
The standard of care is defined as the care that another professional heath care provider would have provided to the patient in the same situation. For example, if it’s reasonable to expect that a patient suffering from a certain illness would be prescribed a certain medication, this would be considered the standard of care. A physician who does not prescribe this medication in this situation may be considered not to have met the standard of care. If the patient suffers an injury as a result of not having been prescribed this medication, then medical malpractice has occurred.
What should you do if you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice in Baltimore?
If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice in Baltimore, you may be entitled to compensation. The Snyder Litigation team of medical malpractice attorneys in Baltimore is available for free consultation. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Baltimore will review your situation and determine if you have a valid medical malpractice case. Once it is determined that a case exists, your medical records are sent to medical experts for assessment. Expert testimony is required in court to support a medical malpractice claim. Please contact the Snyder Litigation Team today for more information.