On March 21, 2016, the American Bar Association formally announced its opposition to a proposed bill in Congress that would limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded by judges and juries in medical liability cases in state courts across the nation. In a letter to the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, the ABA said that the bill, which would cap those damages at $250,000, violates principles of federalism and would deprive many deserving people of the chance to receive compensation for their injuries.
Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Medical Malpractice
A study published in the British Journal of Medicine published on May 3, 2016 found that the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical error resulting in 251,000 deaths annually. Medical error is just behind Heart disease (611,000 deaths annually) and cancer (585,000 deaths annually). After medical error, the next largest cause of death in the United States is chronic respiratory disease (149,000 deaths annually).
When we go to the doctor or the hospital, we expect our healthcare providers to perform their responsibilities without any errors. But the truth is that physicians are only human and are capable of making mistakes or committing oversights – just like the rest of us.
Two days before his 15th birthday, Samuel Metler visited a radiologist, who diagnosed him with walking pneumonia. After receiving treatment, Samuel still experienced symptoms, which grew so severe that he was rushed to the emergency room. After examination, the doctors determined that Samuel was actually suffering from heart failure.
In medical malpractice suits filed in Maryland, conducting a thorough expert deposition is extremely important to obtaining a successful result at trial. The following are a few important things a plaintiff’s attorneys must do in preparation for, and during the course of, an expert deposition:
As a medical malpractice lawyer for the past 40 years, I’ve noticed a pattern in my cases: if my clients had followed some or all of the steps listed below, they could have avoided being the subject of medical malpractice. While not a cure-all, following these steps could not only result in preventing medical negligence/malpractice, but also receiving better medical care. If, however, you or your loved one has suffered rom what you believe to be medical negligence, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately.
Maryland High Court rules that, while generally the jury is not entitled to be told that the defendant physician is not board certified, there are instances in which that evidence may be admissible.
In the recent case of Little v. Schneider (August 22, 2013), the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a $2.874 million verdict issued for a plaintiff by a Harford County, MD jury. The jury found that Dr. Schneider (acting as a specialist in vascular surgery) negligently used the wrong size graft in attempting to perform an arterial bypass. This allegedly caused massive bleeding, leaving Ms. Little permanently paralyzed.