Maryland Emergency Room Malpractice Lawyers
OUR EXPERIENCEAt Spector & Kopec, we represent victims of medical malpractice, including emergency room malpractice. Our lawyers each has over 20 years of experience in handling cases. We are listed in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for medical malpractice, based on a vote of other lawyers.
The following is just one example of a case involving emergency room malpractice that we handled. A man went into an emergency room of a Baltimore Hospital complaining of chest tightness and shortness of breath. The doctor diagnosed him with asthma and discharged him. The doctor failed to do a stress test, which would have ultimately led to the discovery of blockages in his coronary arteries. Two months after discharge from the hospital, the man suffered a fatal heart attack. We successfully settled the case for the family of the man.
You can see examples of the compensation we have obtained for our clients on the results page of this website. Those include settlements and jury verdicts, and newspaper articles are provided for two of the verdicts.
EMERGENCY ROOM MALPRACTICEEmergency rooms can be very busy places. A patient can be made to wait before being seen by a doctor. Doctors frequently have to juggle a number of patients at once in an attempt to see everyone. This can lead to miscommunication between the doctor and nurse regarding a patient. It is important that a doctor give proper attention to a patient and his or her condition. Too many times, an emergency room doctor will discharge a patient with a diagnosis of a minor condition when the patient actually has a much more severe problem. This can happen as a result of failure to recognize the significance of certain symptoms or failure to order necessary tests.
MONEY DAMAGESFor a emergency room malpractice, there are a number of types of damages that can be recovered. In Maryland, a patient can recover money damages for pain and suffering in the past, and pain and suffering that will occur in the future. The cost of past medical bills can be awarded, and so can the cost of medical care that will be needed in the future. In addition, if the patient missed work, lost wages can be obtained. If the patient can no longer work, money can be recovered for what the patient would have made if there had been no injury.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)The following are questions that we are frequently asked about medical malpractice cases.
What Is Medical Malpractice?Medical malpractice is the failure of a doctor or hospital to treat a patient according to professional standards, and that failure results in injury or death of the patient. Doctors and hospitals have insurance for their errors, just like drivers have car insurance in case they don’t drive carefully and cause an accident.
What Went Wrong? The Doctor Won’t Tell Me. At Spector & Kopec, we hear this question from many clients. Unfortunately, when there is a bad medical outcome, many doctors don’t communicate with patients and their families. The good news is that we can get an answer to this question for you through medical research, review of the medical records, and consultation with expert doctors.
My Family Member Died. Should I Request An Autopsy? Yes! Sometimes an autopsy is required in order to obtain sufficient information to prove a medical malpractice case. There is no reason to not request one. If you are told that you cannot have one or that you have to pay for it, contact Spector & Kopec immediately.
When Do I Have To Sue? The time period to bring a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. There are different statutes of limitations for different claims. Contact Spector & Kopec today to find out when you have to sue.
What Will This Cost Me? At Spector & Kopec, we advance the expenses of the lawsuit. There is no cost to you unless we get a recovery for you. The initial consultation is free.
Do I Have To Get My Medical Records? Some lawyers will tell you to get your medical records and then call them back. This can be a costly and time consuming process. At Spector & Kopec, we will get your medical records and evaluate your claim.
What Types Of Medical Malpractice Are There? Medical malpractice can occur during any type of treatment or procedure. At Spector & Kopec, we have handled medical malpractice cases in numerous areas, including:
- • Birth Injury (Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s palsy)
- • Wrongful Death
- • Surgical Errors
- • Emergency Room Mistakes
- • Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- • Anesthesia Errors
- • Failure to Treat Blood Infections (Sepsis)
- • Infectious Diseases
- • Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clots)
- • Pediatric Malpractice
- • Medication Errors
What Compensation Can I Get? There are different types of damages that can apply, depending on the case. They include compensation for pain and suffering, past medical bills, future medical costs, and lost wages. Contact Spector & Kopec now to discuss your potential compensation.