Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Towsen & Forest Hill, MD
The public puts a massive amount of trust in the medical professionals that serve us. It is so easy to do so because we know how much training and education they had to endure in order to achieve their medical license. However, even in such an esteemed profession, there are always going to be a few individuals that do not live up to the standard of care that we expect them to. When a medical professional is negligent, they are putting the lives of patients at risk. Sometimes this negligence is so severe that it can result in the serious injury or death of a patient. The attorneys at Markey Orsi have the skill it takes to fight on behalf of victims of medical malpractice and their families to find justice during this difficult time. If you or a loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical professional who failed to meet the standard of care in Maryland, contact Markey & Orsi today to discuss your case.
Types of Medical Malpractice
The medical field is vast. The human body is incredibly complex and like a machine, has many different parts. Therefore, when something goes wrong, it can be difficult to determine the problem and find a solution. We rely on medical professionals to spot any serious health concerns and determine an appropriate treatment plan very quickly. Unfortunately, some medical professionals do not provide the treatment that we expect them to. Just a few of the various types of medical malpractice that may occur in Maryland are as follows:
- Failure to diagnose
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose cancer
Sex abuse by healthcare providers
Since 1987, when Steve Markey was first appointed to the Board of Directors and was General Counsel to PACA (People Against Child Abuse), the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi has been handling civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse. To date, the firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims and been able to hold abusers, and their employers and enablers where appropriate, accountable when the criminal justice system often fails. In addition to suing the perpetrator for intentional assault and battery, we have often been successful in holding employers or supervisors for negligent hiring, failing to adequately check backgrounds, failing to supervise, failing to investigate complaints on suspicious activity, failing to have a nurse present during exams and failing to report suspected or known abuse. Most of the perpetrators had been engaging in an inappropriate activity for years with multiple prior victims and almost always with warning signs available to employers and institutions that put profit over safety.
The recent case of Dr. Nikita Levy from Johns Hopkins is all too familiar to Steve Markey. Based on what has been published to date it appears Dr. Levy has a long list of victims, most of which do not yet know he inappropriately videotaped and photographed gynecological exams. The investigation by the police is ongoing so it is too early to identify all the victims. However, if history and experience are repeated, there will be multiple persons and institutions responsible. The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi has been asked to investigate possible claims against Dr. Levy and others. While Dr. Levy can no longer be held criminally responsible because he committed suicide, the victims will be able to pursue his estate and anyone or institution with culpability.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most challenging lawsuits that attorneys handle. Maryland requires that the burden of proof is fulfilled, meaning that the plaintiff has to provide evidence that shows that the medical professional was negligent. Medical malpractice cases also require the plaintiff to prove that the medical professional did not meet the same standard that his or her peers would have met in the same situation. Sometimes, medical errors cannot be avoided but it does not necessarily fall under the category of malpractice. It is important to retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney that can assess your situation to determine whether you have a case. If so, Markey Orsi is ready to fight for you.
Statutes of Limitations
Maryland, along with many other states, requires that lawsuits are brought within a certain period of time that is referred to as the statutes of limitations. If an individual fails to pursue their case within this time period, they will not be able to do so in the future. Of course, this can be devastating to learn. Speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney is best, as time is of the essence. Medical malpractice cases in Maryland must be filed within 5 years from the date of the accident or within 3 years from discovery of the injury.
The primary goal of bringing a personal injury lawsuit for medical malpractice is often to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions and to try and recover compensation for the burdens that were faced. A successful medical malpractice case is able to recover damages for both economic and noneconomic hardships that were brought on by the negligence and could have been avoided if the medical professional had been more careful. Some of the economic damages that may be recovered include the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, additional treatment that is needed, making adaptations to the home, and lost wages. A few of the noneconomic damages that may be recovered include the emotional distress caused by the negligence, pain and suffering, loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Contact Markey Orsi
The attorneys at Markey & Orsi have decades of experience guiding clients through medical malpractice cases. We understand that this is often quite a traumatic time for a family. Therefore, it can be a great relief to know that there is a skilled team of attorneys ready to help. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.