Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Our Maryland medical malpractice attorneys represent victims of medical negligence and their families in lawsuits brought against their doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Have you or someone you love been harmed or killed by a medical mistake in the Baltimore-Washington area? If so, you should be looking for the best possible Maryland medical malpractice lawyers who have a history of success. Because you may be entitled to bring a malpractice claim to recover financial compensation for your loss, including medical bills, lost income, and, most importantly, for pain and suffering damages.
Call us right now at 800-883-8082 to find out if we can help you. The call is confidential and free. You can also fill out this brief claim review form. Learn more about your options and what our Maryland malpractice attorneys may be able to do to bring you justice for the harm that has been done.Why Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers Miller & Zois Should Be Your Choice
While most of our malpractice claims end in a settlement, we are more than willing to take deserving cases to a jury. In 2018, we have already tried two medical malpractice cases, winning both in verdicts that totaled $2 million. The combined offer to settle those cases before trial was $200,000. Our last medical malpractice victory in Baltimore City was for $10 million. The year before we earned a $5.2 million also in Baltimore.
The top medical malpractice lawyers take cases to trial. We do. In 2018, we brought it over $10 million for our clients in settlements and verdicts in malpractice cases. Our last malpractice trial in P.G. County lead to a $5.5 million verdict. In 2016, our client was awarded $1.5 million in a case in Baltimore County where the insurance company refused to make any settlement offer at all. We followed that up a few months later with a $10 million verdict against the University of Maryland Medical Systems. In 2013, a jury awarded our client $5.5 million in Prince George's County. Make no mistake. The best medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland are the ones that consistently obtain great verdicts for their clients.
These verdicts get attention. Far more quietly, we are delivering even greater results for our clients in confidential settlements in cases few will hear about. Because the vast majority of our medical malpractice claims settle successfully before trial. In 2019, we have already recovered over $10 million for our clients in Maryland cases. What you can expect from us - and what our past and present clients will tell you - is that if we take your case, we will fight for you with every weapon we have.
There are not many Maryland malpractice law firms that have achieved the results for their clients that Miller & Zois has. One reason we win so many of these cases: we only take a claim to trial if we are 100% convinced the doctor made a mistake. We have no problem taking on a tough case. But our lawyers have to honestly believe in the claim before we will accept the claim.
The take-home message for you if you are looking for a malpractice lawyer to fight for you is that Miller & Zois has a real history of success with insurance companies and hospitals throughout Maryland. We will put that experience to work for you.
If we think you can win, we will help you. There is no fee or cost to you if we do not get a recovery for you. Let's talk about your case and let's see together what we can do for you. Call 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.Learn More About What You Really Can Expect in These Cases
Our big goal online is to provide real answers to suffering victims and their families. For victims of medical malpractice in Maryland, our frequently asked questions is a good place to start. We explain how we proceed with your case from the moment you call our law firm. We also provide information on the potential value of your malpractice claim.Proving Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other health care professional injures a patient with negligent or inappropriate medical care. The consequences of medical malpractice can literally be life-altering. If an accountant or other professional provides negligent services it typically just costs you money. If a doctor or hospital provides poor medical care, however, it can result in permanent physical injuries and sometimes death. In many cases the harm caused by medical malpractice can never be undone. Instead, our legal system offers victims of medical malpractice financial compensation.
Doctors and hospitals are not in the habit of admitting that they committed malpractice. If you want financial compensation for malpractice injuries you will need to show that you are legally entitled to it. To have a valid lawsuit for medical malpractice you need to be able to prove 2 things:
- the doctor’s care deviated from accepted medical standards or practices; and
- this deviation from standard medical practices actually caused your injury.
Establishing each of these elements is a complex and expensive process. For starters you will need another doctor on your side to act as an expert witness. In fact, Maryland law requires all medical malpractice suits to be supported by a qualified expert opinion confirming that the case has merit. Getting an opinion from another doctor that your case is valid is just the first step and does not guarantee success. The defendants will present their own expert who will say that the doctors did nothing wrong and your claims have no merit.Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice regularly occurs in all medical fields and clinical settings from the operating room of a major hospital to the exam table of your family doctor or urgent care facility. The specific nature of the negligent medical care can also come in an endless variety of forms. However, there are certain types of medical errors or negligent medical care that most frequently result in lawsuits. Below is a summary of some of the more common categories of medical malpractice.Diagnosis Errors
Diagnostic malpractice includes misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose, which often overlap. Correctly diagnosing your medical condition is one of the most important things a doctor does. When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or incorrectly diagnosis it as something else, it results in incorrect or delayed treatment which can cause significant harm. This is why misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and delayed diagnosis are the most common type of medical malpractice claims. Delay in diagnosis of cancer, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer, is the most common type of diagnostic malpractice claim.Birth Injuries
Birth injuries like cerebral palsy give rise to a large number of medical malpractice cases against OB/GYNs and hospitals. The reason for this is simple: a large percentage of all birth injuries are the direct result of medical negligence during labor and delivery. This is because there are a number of obstetric complications that often occur before or during childbirth that must be resolved in a very short window of time. Common examples of pregnancy and delivery complications include: shoulder dystocia; placental abruption; uterine rupture; fetal macrosomia; umbilical cord prolapse and general delays in labor and delivery.
These complications are well known and OB/GYNs are trained to respond to them. A skilled, experienced doctor and delivery team should be able to handle these complications and deliver the baby without injury. Poor communication and rushed decision making often result in injury. The most common type of birth-injury malpractice occurs when doctors fail to perform a timely emergency C-section in response to signs of fetal distress. Another common type of birth injury claim involves negligent misuse of birth assistance tools such as obstetrical forceps and vacuum pump extractors.
Sadly medical mistakes during childbirth often have the most devastating consequences of any type of medical error. Most birth injuries involve damage to the baby’s brain as a result of prolonged oxygen deprivation. There are several well-known birth injuries that are almost exclusively caused by medical negligence during delivery: Cerebral palsy; Erbs Palsy; and HIE.Surgical Errors
Surgical malpractice includes any type of mistake or medical negligence related to a surgical procedure or post-operative care. When performing surgical procedures, surgeons (and supporting doctors and staff) are held to the same standard of care required of all doctors. A surgeon must perform each surgery with the skill and care reasonably employed by other surgeons under similar circumstances.
Surgical errors happen more often than people think. One recent report estimated that 10% of post-surgical deaths are the result of preventable medical error. Some common types of surgical malpractice include:
- Gallbladder removal surgery
- Wrong site surgery
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical infections
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Laparoscopic intestinal surgery
Hospitals are legally obligated to ensure a certain level of care for all patients. This means hospitals can be directly liable if they fail to deliver the proper level of care resulting in injury to a patient. Moreover, hospitals are vicariously liable for the actions of their employees such as nurses, technicians and sometimes doctors. Anytime a malpractice injury occurs at a hospital, there is a very good chance that the hospital will have some liability in addition to the doctor. (see also Emergency Room Malpractice)
From a plaintiff’s perspective, hospitals are more favorable defendants than doctors. There are several reasons why it’s sometimes easier to go after a hospital for malpractice. First, juries tend to hold individual doctors in high esteem and give them the benefit of the doubt. The same is not true for hospitals. Juries are much more willing to lay blame on hospitals as opposed to individual doctors. Another reason hospitals make better malpractice defendants is because they are more likely to settle cases. Hospitals are businesses and they will settle cases to protect their image and keep allegations of malpractice out of the news.Medication Errors
Medication errors involve administering or prescribing incorrect medication and related forms of medication related negligence. Malpractice claims based on medication errors can be brought against doctors, pharmacies, and other healthcare professionals involving in the prescribing and administration of drugs. Below is a list of the types of medication errors that frequently result in malpractice claims:
- Wrong Drug Combination: in these cases a patient is injured when they take 2 prescription medications that dangerously interact with each other. Both the prescribing doctors and the pharmacies involved can be liable for malpractice in this situation.
- Incorrect Medication: in these cases the doctors, nurses or pharmacies are supposed to give a specific drug to a patient but make a mistake and end up administering a totally different drug. When this sort of mistake results in injury to the patient a clear claim for malpractice exists.
- Side-Effect Injuries: when doctors prescribe medication they are supposed to be aware of the potential side-effects of a drug. Prescribing doctors also have a duty to ensure that the risk of the medication do not outweigh its benefits. When a patient is injured by medication side-effects they may have a malpractice claim against the doctor.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are licensed health care providers and can be sued for medical malpractice just like hospitals and doctors. Malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes usually involve some type of neglect. Nursing homes are notorious for being chronically understaffed and elderly residents fail to get the care and attention they are medically entitled to. Nursing home neglect commonly leads to injuries such as bed sores, falls, malnutrition or dehydration and other health problems which can often prove fatal for elderly patients.
Some nursing home lawsuits involve mental or physical abuse of nursing home residents by staff. This can include assault and battery; excessive use of physical restraints; sexual abuse; over medication and other types of improper and abusive mistreatment.Overview of Medical Malpractice Claims
The question in every medical negligence case is whether the hospital or doctor's failure to exercise the degree of care that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances and, if so, whether it caused injury to the patient.
These are two separate questions. We review your case to determine whether our Maryland medical malpractice attorney believes a medical error may have been the cause of the patient's injuries or death. If we believe medical malpractice may have been the cause, our law firm takes the investigation of your claim to the next level. We consult with the best medical doctors - experts who specialize in the field of medicine for your particular case - in Maryland and around the country to determine if your case can be successfully pursued.
Health care errors that cause injuries and death are serious problems in Maryland. The statistics are mind-numbing. Our hospitals and doctors need to do better.
Certainly, it is unlikely that your doctors will raise the "Did I commit malpractice?" issue with you. One study found that only thirty percent of malpractice victims were informed that a mistake may have been made. Our lawyers would call that number high.
This culture of silence that extends both to the doctor that made the error and your subsequent doctors who suspect malpractice caused your injuries. Every year people walk away from millions of claims because they just assumed a medical mistake never happened (or they hired the wrong lawyer to investigate their claim). If we agree to investigate your case, we will examine your claim and let you know whether we believe a doctor's mistake hurt you or killed someone you loved.Our Law Firm
Our team prides itself on our client-focused approach to health care mistake cases. We believe success is both getting results and building quality relationships with our clients. Our attorneys and our entire team work closely with you to get the highest and best results we possibly can in every case.
Our firm is based in Baltimore and over half of the cases we handle are in this area. But we are not just Baltimore malpractice lawyers. We have earned literally tens of millions of dollars for clients verdicts in settlements in Washington suburbs like Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and Frederick County. We even have obtained multiple seven-figure resolutions of cases outside of Maryland. Our focus outside of Maryland is primarily birth injury claims.
We do not charge an hourly fee. We handle malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing unless we win by recovering money damages for you, in your claim. Because we put our heart and soul into each case, we are selective about the malpractice cases we accept so that we can devote the time, resources and attention that each client requires and deserves.Free Maryland Malpractice Claim Consultation
Miller & Zois is the Baltimore law firm that many judges, lawyers, and doctors have turned to after a catastrophic injury or wrongful death due to a medical mistake. Why? First, our results speak volumes. We have gotten these results because our law firm knows how these cases work. We know the medicine. We have the experience and the tenacity to put you in a position to get the top settlement or verdict at trial.
If you live in the Baltimore-Washington area and believe you have been a victim of a doctor or nurse's mistake, you need a medical malpractice lawyer who will fight to get you the best possible result. Call Miller & Zois at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation. Our attorneys will review the facts and medicine in your case, consult with the top medical experts, and tell you what the best path forward is for you to win the compensation you deserve.