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Partner with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore Who Has Recovered Millions of Dollars in Compensation for Clients
Results are one good reason to choose the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler to represent you. As a former Golden Gloves fighter and union organizer, attorney Steven H. Heisler has gone up against formidable opponents many times and come out victorious. He continues to do so in the legal realm, this time for clients in need of valuable compensation.
When you choose attorney Heisler to represent you, you get the benefit of working with a firm that:
- Has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients
- Has a nationally recognized trial lawyer as its founder
- Has strong ties to the local community
- Never backs down from a fight it believes in.
Medical Malpractice Settlements
Steve and associate counsel represented and individual who suffered catastrophic brain damage due to an error during intubation. The individual has been in a coma for several years.
A single male with no children, died the day after being discharged from a Baltimore City hospital. He had been treated for pneumonia. He was released from the hospital and the following day died as a result of fluid buildup in his lungs. Attorney Steve Heisler and associate counsel sued the hospital on behalf of the client’s family claiming his client was discharged prematurely, and that the hospital was negligent as a result. The case settled for $850,000.00.
Understanding Medical Malpractice in Baltimore
Medical malpractice is not about simple mistakes. Medical malpractice is about healthcare professionals who fall below a standard of care when treating their patients. Sadly, it is more common than most believe. Yet victims tend to forgo their right to compensation for various reasons, such as:
- They don’t know they have the right to sue.
- They don’t want to harm their doctor.
- They don’t like lawsuits.
- They are persuaded not to.
- They wait too long.
None of these reasons is a good justification for forfeiting the compensation you need to pay for your or a loved one’s damages. However, many injured patients continue to let their healthcare providers off the hook while they deal with the damages they have suffered.
Finding Out Who Was Negligent
Doctors aren’t the only professionals who can commit medical malpractice. There are various workers besides doctors in the chain of treatment that most patients receive, all of which may be liable for malpractice, including:
- Technicians (radiologists, etc.)
Additionally, employers of these professionals may also be held liable for medical malpractice through the doctrine of vicarious liability. Regardless of which professional treated you, your medical malpractice lawyer will have to demonstrate that their actions were negligent, which means showing that their treatment fell below an accepted medical standard of care.
Certificate of Merit
For medical malpractice claims to be entertained, they must be accompanied by a certificate of merit, which is prepared by a qualified expert and attests to the validity of the claim.
Common Medical Malpractice Situations
As stated, medical malpractice can occur at most stages of treatment of an individual, from first-responder care to treatment given in a nursing home or a cancer ward. Some of its more common manifestations include:
Surgeons have a high standard of care to meet. Mistakes made by these healthcare professionals can have much more negative implications than those made by other professionals. Still, surgical errors continue to occur.
Types of surgical errors include:
- Wrong-site surgery
- Amputation error
- Leaving objects inside a patient
- Anesthesia error
- Nerve injury
- Perforating an organ or artery.
Surgeons also make errors when performing operations outside of their area of expertise or when fatigued.
The diagnosis is the cornerstone of medical care. After a doctor makes one, a series of treatments are put into play. An erroneous diagnosis could subject a patient to harmful medications and deprive them of those they need. Additionally, a misdiagnosis deprives the patient of receiving the treatment they need in a timely fashion. For example, a doctor may wrongly diagnose cancer and cause the patient to miss vital treatment (chemotherapy, radiation). By the time cancer is properly diagnosed, the patient’s cancer is now terminal.
Failure to diagnose is also damaging and occurs when a doctor fails to perceive a condition that any other similar medical professional would catch and diagnose.
Healthcare professionals can make medication errors in various ways. For example, a doctor might prescribe the wrong medication or prescribe too much or too little of it. Or an emergency room nurse might administer the wrong drug during a procedure. Pharmacists, as well, might err in the filling of a prescription.
In any of these cases, patients face serious injury and even death with medication errors.
Failure to Treat
Failure to treat sometimes belongs in the diagnostic error category. Other times, however, a doctor may know of a patient’s condition yet will continue putting off treatment negligently while the condition becomes more serious.
A birth injury is any type of damage to a baby that happens during or close to the time of birth. Examples of a birth injury include oxygen deprivation (birth asplyxia), bone fractures, brachial plexus, cephalohematoma, cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), erb’s palsy, klumpke’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, c-section injuries, forceps injuries, fetal death and spinal birth injuries.
Medical Malpractice Damages
As you would imagine, medical malpractice can lead to substantial harm for unfortunate patients. Emotional, psychological, and financial losses often cripple injury victims and their families as they seek to recover from an act of medical negligence.
In Maryland, injury victims can pursue compensation for these losses as long as they can verify them. For economic damages, using receipts, bills, and account information as proof usually works fine. However, there are no built-in numbers for non-economic damages, which must be determined based on the extent of the injuries and the specific losses unique to each case.
Economic damages include:
- Medical care expenses, including future medical costs
- Past, present, and future lost wages
- Household care expenses
- Expenses related to home and car modifications for your injuries
- Medical equipment.
Non-economic damages include:
- Inconvenience, embarrassment, humiliation, disfigurement
- Physical impairment
- Loss of companionship, care, protection, marital relations.
How Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Handling All Aspects of Your Claim
If you or a loved one has experienced a medical malpractice injury, then you should not have to worry about the complex processes involved in getting compensation. Our Baltimore medical malpractice attorney will manage every aspect of your claim so you can spend your valuable time on yourself and your loved ones.
While you are tending to your injuries and spending time with loved ones, our medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore will:
- Draft important legal documents for your case
- File all legal paperwork in a timely manner
- Collect important evidence and medical documentation
- Consult with medical experts as to the merit of your claim
- Obtain a certificate of merit for your claim
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Take you case to trial if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful.
Cases Handled by Our Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical Malpractice Cases
Cases of medical malpractice are not only a common problem – it’s a commonly misunderstood and heavy regulated aspect of the law.
Every year more than one million people are diagnosed with cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and skin cancer. If your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer in a timely manner you may have a cancer misdiagnosis case.
A new baby is supposed to be a precious milestone in the life of any family. But what happens when a birth goes wrong?
Any type of medicine-related mistake that is made by a doctor or health care provider is known as a medication error.
As the number of medical procedures in this country has increased, so have the number of anesthesia errors. These errors can result in permanent disability, wrongful death and change lives forever.
As with other types of medical malpractice, dental malpractice takes place at an alarming rate. When a dental patient suffers from serious physical injury or death due to substandard care they should consult with an attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore Is Here to Help
Don’t hesitate to contact us with your inquiries. We have an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Baltimore ready to assist you in any matter.
Under Maryland law, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the occurrence of the injury caused by the medical malpractice or within five years of the date on which it was discovered, whichever is shorter.
Yes. The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler and it’s co-counsel, charge no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. Instead, our fees come from the compensation we recover for you. If we recover zero, we get paid zero.
Yes. Many patients believe the informed consent waiver eliminates their right to sue for negligence. However, it does not. Healthcare professionals are never immune from malpractice. With that being said, your waiver may have added limitations to your claim. Our medical malpractice attorney can discuss the issue further with you.
The compensation Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers can obtain for you depends on the circumstances of your case and the extent of your harm. Generally speaking, the higher your losses, the more compensation you are likely to receive.
If you receive a settlement offer from an insurance company, you should not accept it until at least getting a case review and appraisal from a qualified medical malpractice lawyer. Your claim is likely worth much more than the offer.
Until our Baltimore medical malpractice attorney reviews your case, we can’t say. Generally speaking, complex cases require longer resolution times, especially if a trial is involved.
Call our office at (410) 625-4878 for any questions or concerns you might have for our Baltimore medical malpractice attorney.
Attorney Steve Heisler
Steve Heisler decided in 1996 that he was going to focus his law practice exclusively on injury cases. Since then, he has been representing injured people against insurance companies, disreputable medical practitioners and Big Pharma, and doing it with compassion, honesty and level-headed rationality. [ Attorney Bio ]