Surgeon Malpractice Lawyer Baltimore, MD
Entrusting your health to any medical professional involves a leap of faith. However, trusting a surgeon is often far more difficult and consequential than it is to trust physicians who practice in less “high stakes” specialties. In most cases, surgery happens while you are unconscious and helpless. You have no control over the outcome and cannot advocate for yourself throughout the process.
Being a surgeon is a huge responsibility, and most surgeons are worthy of the task. Unfortunately, mistakes and bad outcomes do occur. Many of these mistakes are preventable and may legally be classified as medical negligence or medical malpractice. It’s not always easy to know whether your suffering (related to surgical complications, post-op infections, etc.) was caused by medical malpractice because you probably weren’t awake during your procedure. And even if you were awake, you may not have enough legal and medical training to know whether a legally actionable mistake was made that led to your harm. Physicians are not always forthcoming about whether mistakes have occurred while patients are in their care. As a result, some investigative work may be called for. By speaking with a medical malpractice lawyer Baltimore, MD residents trust, you’ll be empowered to make an informed decision about your legal options once the experienced team at Greenberg Law Offices has been able to learn more about your unique circumstances. When it comes to holding healthcare providers accountable for medical mistakes, knowledge is power. Our experienced Baltimore, Maryland surgeon malpractice lawyer team can investigate your situation so that you get the information you need to make the best decisions possible moving forward.
Here are just a few of the medical malpractice scenarios that our firm assists clients with:
Lack of Knowledge/Training or Incompetence
Every surgeon is new at some point. And even experienced surgeons can have difficulty with procedures they have never performed before or have only performed a handful of times. Your surgeon is responsible to seek out additional guidance and mentorship if he or she is relatively new to your procedure. It could also be that your surgeon is simply incompetent. He may believe he is far more skilled than he actually is, meaning that he is willing to take bigger risks and fewer precautions. Either of these scenarios could lead your surgeon to treat you in a way that is not in keeping with professional standards of care and conduct. When harm results from this kind of approach, a surgeon may be held legally liable.
Poor Planning, Operational Protocols and Communication
Did your surgeon take the time to study your medical history and the potential complications that could arise in the operating room? Does the hospital require the use of safety checklists and other common-sense protocols? When they notice the doctor making an error, are the nurses and support staff afraid to speak up for fear of retribution? Did the surgical team take the time to discuss the details of the procedure and have contingency plans for problems?
The answers to these questions are incredibly important in the aftermath of a surgical error. They could reveal telltale signs of medical malpractice.
Personal Problems, Poor Decisions and Fatigue
Doctors suffer personal issues at the same rate as the general population. They are not immune from drug and alcohol abuse and similar problems. Yet a surgeon who is under the influence during a procedure (or even simply hung over) is a serious liability to patient health.
Additionally, fatigue is a major issue among a majority of medical professionals. Very long shifts combined with ever-changing schedules results in fatigue, and that leads to serious mistakes and errors. Although mistakes can be “understandable,” if they are preventable, they may be actionable.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Surgeon Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice cases are complex, time-intensive, labor-intensive and a large financial investment. Not all attorneys are up to the task. That’s why it is important to work with a Baltimore, MD surgeon malpractice lawyer with considerable experience in medical malpractice cases and the skills/resources to properly prepare your case.
Our firm is ready to meet with you, hear the details of your injuries and help you determine whether you have an actionable claim. If you do, we will immediately get to work helping you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. The consultation is free, so give us a call today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Baltimore, MD surgeon malpractice lawyer.