Howard County Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Recover What You Need to Fully Recover from Poor Medical Care in Columbia, MD
During a medical procedure doctors and surgeons are trusted to make very difficult snap decisions. Often split-second choices are the difference between successful treatment/surgery and devastating injury or illness due to medical malpractice.
While there are plenty of assumed risks when undergoing a procedure, not all errors made by doctors are simply due to uncontrollable factors. If you were injured because of poor medical care, call the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake today. During our free consultation, we can help you understand your case and how to proceed.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice in Maryland?
Medical malpractice in Maryland is generally defined as a situation where a healthcare provider fails to meet the standard of care that a reasonably competent professional in the same field and under similar circumstances would provide, resulting in harm to the patient.
The following elements are typically required to establish a medical malpractice claim in Maryland:
Duty of Care: The healthcare provider had a duty to provide care to the patient. This is usually established once a provider-patient relationship is formed.
Breach of Duty: The healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care, meaning they acted (or failed to act) in a way that a competent provider in the same field would not have under the same circumstances.
Injury or Harm: The patient must have suffered harm or injury. This harm can be physical, emotional, or financial (such as extra medical bills).
Causation: There must be a direct link between the provider's breach of duty and the patient's injury. In other words, the harm would not have occurred if the provider had met the standard of care.
In Maryland, there's also a requirement for a certificate of merit: plaintiffs need to obtain a statement from a medical expert asserting that the healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care before they can file a lawsuit. Always consult with a legal professional if you believe you've been a victim of medical malpractice.
Holding Medical Professionals Responsible
If a medical procedure goes awry because of a doctor’s negligence, the injured party should be compensated. Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake is a boutique firm that hand selects Maryland medical malpractice cases.
We pride ourselves on fighting zealously for any person wronged in the eyes of the law. “Service, service, service,” is the Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake credo, and part of our service is to screen each case thoroughly to ensure that some negligence exists before we proceed.
Aside from analyzing cases stemming from mistakes made by the treating physicians, serious physical injuries can result from:
- Hospital errors
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Prescription/medication errors
No matter how you were injured, Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake is here to help. Contact us today and schedule a free case review to learn what options you have.
Working with Medical Experts to Build Your Case
Every medical mistake does not result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. To determine whether or not medical treatment negligence occurred, our firm sometimes works with qualified medical experts in Maryland.
Shapiro Zwanetz & Lake has established a team of medical experts who work in conjunction with our lawyers to provide you with an answer to your ability to be compensated.
Remember, there are no fees if no recovery. Every claim for medical malpractice has a statute of limitations within which a lawsuit must be filed. Don’t let time run out on your claim. Count on our Maryland medical malpractice attorneys to advocate for your rights.
Maryland Medical Misdiagnosis Lawsuits
A doctor’s misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose an existing medical condition can have disastrous effects. The most common medical mistakes include the misdiagnosis of symptoms, the failure to diagnose a condition, and the improper prescription of medication.
When warning signs or symptoms of an illness or medical condition are present, it is imperative that a doctor promptly recognize those symptoms and make a prompt and correct diagnosis.
A delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a medical condition can prevent a patient from seeking necessary diagnostic testing and may significantly impact recovery time. This is especially true in cases of cancer cases or other such conditions where early treatment is of paramount importance.
Medical Malpractice Attorney Near Me
If you have a claim, our Maryland medical malpractice lawyers have the combination of resources and compassion to fight for your compensation while you focus on what is truly important: your family and your recovery.
Serving Howard County, Montgomery County, Frederick County, Carroll County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundell County, & Prince George County.
We approach every case as a team.
Every initial consultation is free and no-obligation.
We are available for you 24/7.
We are a team of former prosecutors and know how the other side thinks.
We have in-house payment plan options on qualifying cases.
We are highly recommended and awarded by various associations.
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At Shapiro, Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) we believe in thinking differently from most lawyers and law firms. We help our clients understand and accept their legal situation; we work with them to confront and improve that situation, while seeking the best outcome available at law. We recognize that each client is a unique individual, each deserving of the highest client/customer service; and we just happen to get our clients excellent results while we deliver that exceptional service.