Baltimore Attorneys Representing Victims of Medical Malpractice
Amputations are a life changing experience for anyone. However, when amputations are wrongful, botched or don’t go according to plan, the consequences can be especially devastating. We understand the stress and trauma that can result from this kind of negligence. Serving clients throughout Baltimore and nearby areas, the knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt will fight zealously for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We believe that careless healthcare providers should be held accountable for their actions.
When Professional Negligence Leads to Serious Injury
There are few things more devastating than losing a limb. The loss of a leg, arm, hand, or foot can be permanently disabling. There are a number of medical reasons amputation may be necessary, including serious injury, frostbite, infection and more. When a physician, nurse, or healthcare provider makes a mistake in your amputation case, you may be able to take legal action through a medical malpractice claim.
Medical malpractice simply refers to negligence committed by a healthcare professional. Physicians, nurses, dentists, therapists, and other healthcare providers can be liable for medical negligence. Negligence occurs when someone does something they should not do, or fails to do something they should do. Put another way, medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider violates the standard of care. The standard of care refers to the customary practices of healthcare professionals in the same field. Thus, a surgeon’s conduct will be assessed against another surgeon’s conduct in the same situation, whereas a nurse’s conduct will be compared to another nurse’s actions in the same circumstances.
Wrongful or botched amputations can have serious consequences for the patient, including but not limited to: disability, infection, prosthetic problems, depression, and phantom limb pain. These issues often cost a lot of money to treat. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered, a plaintiff can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, rehabilitation treatment, therapy bills and other tangible costs. Non-economic costs include intangible costs such as pain and suffering. Under Maryland law, non-economic damages have a limit whereas economic damages do not.
It is important to note that when multiple defendants contributed to a plaintiff’s injury, each defendant can be held jointly and severally liable. This means each is responsible for the full amount of any judgment. However, if one defendant happens to pay more than what he or she owes, that defendant may seek “contribution” from the other liable defendants to the lawsuit.
Lawyers Helping Injured Patients Seek Justice in Prince George’s County
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our healthcare negligence lawyers have the skill to handle cases involving amputations. We have over 100 years of collective experience serving clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding communities. We have one goal: compassionate and aggressive representation of the most seriously injured. We understand how an amputation can impact every aspects of a person’s life, which is why you can expect the utmost empathy and concern from our entire team.