Delivery Room Errors in Maryland

Medical Negligence Claims Involving Birth Injuries

Delivery Room Errors in MarylandThe birth of a child should be a moment of great joy. Unfortunately, when medical professionals fail to follow reasonable standards, mistakes occur that can turn your joy into grief and hardship. Doctors and nurses breach the standard of care in a variety of ways:

  • Carelessly using delivery equipment, such as forceps and vacuum extractors;
  • Failing to monitor the mother or fetus for warning signs;
  • Failing to take timely steps to perform a C-section when medical circumstances dictate it should be done; and
  • Administering the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication.

These actions can have devastating consequences, causing:

  • Hypoxia injuries—trauma caused by the deprivation of oxygen to the child, including cerebral palsy or brain injury;
  • Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, or other injuries caused by surgical equipment or extreme force/pulling on the fetus; or
  • Brain bleeds, infections, and seizure disorders.

Proven Maryland Birth Injury Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years’ experience to parents whose children suffer needless injury during the birth process. He represents clients in the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. Well-known and respected by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Smith has long been AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He has also earned accolades from his clients, with a prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, (an average client review of 5 stars, the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney. Attorney Smith also has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Prince George’s County Delivery Room Injury Attorney

When your infant is needlessly hurt during the delivery process because of medical carelessness or negligence, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Surgical Errors in Maryland

The Different Types of Claims You Can File

Surgical Errors in MarylandWhen you have an injury or illness that requires a surgical procedure, you know the likelihood of success can be uncertain. However, you don’t expect your condition to worsen because a doctor, nurse, or other medical caregiver fails to proper care. Unfortunately, it happens often, as nearly 100,000 people seek compensation each year in lawsuits alleging medical malpractice or negligence. Among the most common are errors during surgical procedures:

  • Performing a procedure on the wrong body part, e.g., operating on the left leg instead of the right
  • Performing the wrong surgery, i.e., confusing one patient with another or conducting the wrong procedure on a patient
  • Carelessness when operating, leading to unnecessary damage to organs, limbs, nerves, or other body parts
  • Leaving a medical device, such as a scalpel or sponge, in a body cavity

Results-Oriented Maryland Surgical Malpractice Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland SuperLawyer, brings decades of experience to victims of surgical and other medical malpractice in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland. Well-known and respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, Attorney Smith has consistently received an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He has also proven himself with clients, earning the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible) and a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney. He has also been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Baltimore County Surgical Injury Attorney

If you suffer needless injury because of carelessness in a surgical procedure, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Medical Malpractice in Maryland

Common Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical Malpractice in MarylandWhen you are ill or suffer an injury, your first course of action is typically to seek medical attention. You don’t expect, though, that your condition will deteriorate because of the care you receive. Unfortunately, that happens far too often. More and more hospitals, urgent care facilities, and medical practices have shifted their emphasis, moving from placing a premium on the quality of care to maximizing their profits. That often leads to medical malpractice.

The Different Ways Medical Providers Can Be Negligent

As a practical matter, to recover for medical malpractice, you must show that a doctor, nurse, or other caregiver acted carelessly or negligently when treating you. That can take many different forms:

  • Surgical errors—A doctor or nurse can make a careless mistake during a surgical procedure, operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong surgery, nicking an internal organ through haste or inattention, or leaving a surgical tool or implement behind.
  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis—Medical professionals may misread diagnostic tests or negligently fail to order them.
  • Birth injuries—Doctors may fail to take reasonable measures before or during a delivery, leading to forceps or suction injuries, hypoxia (deprivation of oxygen to the brain), or shoulder dystocia.
  • Medication or anesthesia errors—A doctor may fail to do a proper workup before subjecting you to anesthesia, or may prescribe the wrong medication or an incorrect dose.
  • Failure to treat—A doctor may make a correct diagnosis but fail to use commonly accepted medical practices to ensure that you get proper treatment.

Experienced Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith, a longtime Maryland SuperLawyer, has aggressively fought for the rights of people in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland who have been victims of medical malpractice. Over the past 30 years, he has earned the highest respect from his colleagues in the legal profession, who have consistently given him an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, the highest accolade possible. Mr. Smith has also earned the admiration and respect of his clients, receiving the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Experienced Frederick County Medical Negligence Attorney

If you’re hurt because of the wrongful acts of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Medical Malpractice in Maryland

The Different Types of Damages Available

Medical Malpractice in MarylandIn Maryland, as in other states, when you file a personal injury lawsuit, including a claim for medical malpractice, there are three types of damages you can seek: economic, non-economic, and punitive:

  • Economic damages are losses that are easily calculated—tangible costs such lost wages and income, unreimbursed medical expenses, and any costs to retrofit your home, car, or other property to accommodate your injury. These losses are typically determined from pay stubs, medical bills, and actual costs of home/car modifications. In a medical malpractice lawsuit in Maryland, there is no cap or limit on the amount of economic damages you can recover.
  • Non-economic damages are less tangible and more difficult to calculate and include such things as:

    • Pain and suffering—compensation for chronic or continual pain or discomfort related to injuries suffered
    • Loss of enjoyment of life—the inability to engage in activities that previously brought you joy, satisfaction, meaning, or pleasure
    • Loss of companionship or consortium—the ability to be physically intimate with or close to those you love

    Maryland places a cap on non-economic damages in a medical malpractice claim. For non-fatal medical malpractice claims, the most you can recover for non-economic damages in 2021 is $845,000. If the medical negligence causes death, you can recover upto $1,056,250.

  • Punitive damages are rarely available in personal injury claims in Maryland, as they require proof that the defendant acted with “actual malice,” a difficult standard to meet.

Proven Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith, a longtime Maryland SuperLawyer, has aggressively protected the rights of medical malpractice and other personal injury victims in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland for more than three decades. He has earned the highest respect from his colleagues in the legal profession, who consistently give him an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Mr. Smith has also proven himself with his clients, receiving the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Experienced Baltimore County Medical Negligence Attorney

If you have suffered needless injury because of the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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