Medical negligence, or malpractice, occurs when a health care provider fails to act reasonably and that failure causes injury to their patient. The question of “reasonableness” is judged against the standards of care among other similar health care providers. There are numerous ways in which medical malpractice can occur including failure to diagnose cancer, prescribing inappropriate medication, failing to obtain a patient’s informed consent before subjecting them to treatment, using an outdated surgical technique, failing to properly treat a condition, failing to respond timely to an emergency, or failing to recognize the cause of a patient’s symptoms. Injuries suffered as a result of medical malpractice can be very severe and can even cause permanent disability or death.
The attorneys at Bekman, Marder & Adkins, L.L.C. have been representing people injured by medical malpractice for almost seventy years. We are recognized as leaders in Maryland and surrounding areas in handling complex medical malpractice cases and we have an impressive track record of success in many past cases. We have two nurse paralegals on staff who assist our lawyers in the evaluation of every claim we investigate.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of medical care, call our firm so we can discuss the specific facts of your case. It is important to discuss potential claims with an attorney, because medical malpractice claims are subject to time limitations. If you do not file in time, your case may be dismissed. Insurance companies and large hospital conglomerates hire very smart and determined lawyers to protect their interests, deny claims, and minimize malpractice claims. Defendants in these cases also have the benefit of institutional knowledge and support from their medical “brethren.” As a result, patients who have suffered injuries should hire lawyers with significant experience and strong reputations. We are experienced in dealing with these matters, and will work for a resolution that compensates you for your injuries. But if we cannot reach such a resolution, we will bring a lawsuit and take the matter to court.
Medical malpractice claims often involve complicated matters of science and medicine and require detailed investigation of medical records, often going back through years of a patient’s life. Expert witnesses are utilized by lawyers on both sides to determine what constitutes the standard of care in a particular field or profession. The selection of experts can be very important to the process. Expert witnesses must have proper qualifications and experience in addition to specific expertise in the field involved in the case. The appropriate expert will be able to explain to a jury exactly how or why an injury occurred, and in what ways a health care provider failed to meet the standard of care. Experience working with expert witnesses is crucial to understanding how the process works and how to use the expert testimony to best present the case to juries and judges.
Monetary damages are the only type of compensation permitted in medical malpractice cases. If we take on your case, we perform thorough calculations of your lost economic damages (funeral expenses, medical bills and expenses, lost earnings, lost earnings capacity, loss of household services) and your lost noneconomic damages (pain, suffering, mental anguish). We often work with economic experts to calculate these damages for long periods into the future to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
Contact the lawyers at Bekman, Marder & Adkins, L.L.C. if you suspect that you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical malpractice to discuss your situation. We have the necessary experience and expertise to understand what happened, and can help you to recover compensation from those who are responsible.