Facing the consequences of medical negligence can be devastating to a victim and their families. Physical pain, emotional distress, disfigurement, and financial troubles can last long after the accident. If you were the victim of medical negligence, it’s your right to file a medical malpractice claim against the physician who caused you harm.
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When you partner with Regan Zambri Long, you will have a dedicated Prince George’s County medical malpractice lawyer who will protect your rights. We offer a free case evaluation to all our clients. You will speak with a compassionate personal injury attorney who will assess your case, and provide you with the legal options available for your case.
To best understand your rights moving forward in your medical malpractice case, let’s start with the exact definition – what medical malpractice is and what it’s not.
Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence by healthcare providers. In the context of a malpractice claim, negligence is when a medical professional treats a patient in a way that is below the accepted standards of medical practice. For example, a patient goes to the doctor with complaints of chest pain, but the doctor refuses to do any testing. He insists that the patient’s chest is tight because of anxiety. The patient later suffers a massive heart attack. This is a medical malpractice case because the doctor misdiagnosed the patient.
It’s just as important to talk about what medical malpractice is not. If a patient is diagnosed with an illness, and that illness gets worse over time regardless of treatment, that is not necessarily a medical malpractice claim. If patients don’t make their doctor aware of a condition and then suffer an injury because of that condition, the doctor is not liable for that injury.
The Regan Zambri Long law firm has been practicing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC for almost three decades. We have handled thousands of medical malpractice cases and have won millions for our clients. Call to speak directly with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers.
Some of the most common medical malpractice claims include:
If your particular injury isn’t listed, that does not mean you don’t have a claim.
There are three types of damages a victim can seek in medical malpractice claims. They are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages include financial compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, any property damage that occurred, and even legal expenses. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and decreased quality of life. Finally, punitive damages are for cases where the physician or other medical professional was willfully negligent and acted with malice. However, punitive damages are rarely awarded.
While your medical malpractice lawyer will work to ensure you receive the maximum financial compensation for your losses, it is important to know that Maryland does have a cap on these lawsuits. There is no cap for economic damages. For non-economic damages, there is a $875,000 cap. In cases where medical negligence leads to a wrongful death, the cap is $1,093,750.
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A statute of limitations is a time restriction in which the victim can file a lawsuit against the medical professional who caused a personal injury. In PG County, as well as throughout the rest of the state, the statute of limitations on a malpractice lawsuit is five years from the time the injury was committed or three years from the date of discovery.
While this may seem like a long time, if you don’t file a claim within that window, you will lose the right to any compensation. It’s essential to reach out to a medical malpractice attorney at Regan Zambri Long as soon as possible in order to hold the hospital and doctors accountable for their negligent actions.
There are four elements of negligence a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer must prove in order to secure damages. They are a duty owed to the patient, breach of such duty, injury caused by the breach, and resulting damages.
There are three main consideration to factor in when looking for the right lawyer: trustworthiness, success, and compassion. Fortunately, the lawyers at the Regan Zambri Long law firm have all three. Our case results speak for themselves, including an $11 million medical malpractice settlement against a large hospital. Our legal team is available to our clients at all times, making sure they understand every step of the process.
Our attorneys not only offer a free consultation to our clients, but work on a contingency basis. That means you will not pay a dime unless we win a settlement or verdict that’s favorable to you. Call today to get the process started and let us help you recover the compensation you deserve.