Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Silver Spring, MD
When you go to the hospital and see a doctor about an injury or illness, you have every reason to expect that you will receive competent, professional treatment. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Hospital negligence and medical malpractice frequently occur in Silver Spring and surrounding areas in Maryland – often leaving patients in worse condition than they were in before they sought medical care.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional in Silver Spring, Dr. Wilson and our legal team at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates wants to help you. With decades of combined legal and medical experience, we will know how to:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your case
- Determine what went wrong with your care and treatment
- Identify all parties who should be held responsible
- Pursue just compensation for all harm that you have suffered.
Through the years, our law firm has recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in Silver Spring, Maryland and throughout the Washington, D.C., area. To discuss how we can help you, call or reach us online today. We will review the specific facts of your case in free and confidential consultation.
Hospital Negligence Lawyers
If a doctor, nurse, therapist, anesthesiologist or other medical professional in Silver Spring harms a patient due to his or her negligence, that professional may be held liable through a medical malpractice claim. If the medical professional is an employee of the hospital or clinic, then the hospital may be legally responsible, too, based on the negligence of one of its employees. This is called “vicarious liability.”
Hospitals can also be liable for their own negligence. For example, the hospital may have hired an unfit doctor due to an inadequate background check, and that doctor may have caused harm to a patient. Some other ways in which hospital negligence occurs include:
- Failure to properly clean and sanitize medical equipment (leading to hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs)
- Miscommunication of patient information (often resulting in diagnostic errors or patients receiving the wrong type of treatment)
- Unreasonable staff-to-patient ratio (causing doctors, nurses and staff members to become overworked and overly fatigued or to neglect paying attention to patients)
- Inadequate or ineffective hospital polices (which can lead to a host of problems, from an unreasonably long delay in caring for a patient in the emergency room to a sponge being left inside a patient after surgery).
At The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates, we know how to identify situations in which negligence goes beyond an individual medical professional and staff member. We know how to investigate and hold hospitals accountable when their own negligence causes patients to suffer harm.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
The spinal cord serves as the main highway for nerve signals that travel throughout the body. So, when the spinal cord sustains damage, it can lead to a loss of sensation and function in different areas of the body. The victim may be left with a permanent disability that requires ongoing medical care and prevents the victim from being able to work and enjoy life.
Unfortunately, many patients in Silver Spring, MD suffer from spinal cord injury due to medical malpractice. For instance, a doctor may make an error during surgery which severs nerves within the spinal cord or causes them to become compressed. In some cases, a medical error can cause a patient to suffer a spinal infection which leads to potentially fatal complications.
A spinal cord injury case can be highly complex. This is why it is important to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney such as Dr. Wilson. With his legal and medical background, he can determine why your spinal cord injury happened and guide you through the process of seeking just compensation for all harm which you have suffered.
Surgical Error Lawyers
Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals can commit surgical errors for a variety of reasons. All too often, they occur because of carelessness. For example, a surgeon may go into the procedure with inadequate information and poor overall planning, or the surgeon may rush through it without completing all necessary steps. In some cases, a surgeon and the rest of the operation team may fail to effectively communicate before, during and after the surgery, which can lead to severe complications.
Some common surgical errors that occur in the Silver Spring area are:
- Giving too much or too little anesthesia
- Making a faulty incision
- Severing a nerve, vessel or tissue
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the patient
- Failing to use sterilized instruments
- Waiting too long to perform the surgery.
If you have been hurt due to these or any other surgical errors, please contact The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates for a free, in-depth review of your case with a knowledgeable member of our medical malpractice lawyers.
Birth Injury Lawyers
Parents trust that medical staff will be prepared and attentive during their child’s birth, and they will meet the expected standard of care throughout the process. Sadly, errors can occur during labor and delivery, leading to birth injuries which affect children and their parents for the rest of their lives. In many cases, the error involves the failure to:
- Monitor the mother and baby during pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Communicate concerns in a timely manner
- Take prompt action when signs of fetal distress arise (such as a C-section)
- Properly use birth-assisting tools such as forceps and vacuum extractors
- Provide the appropriate amount of anesthesia.
If you believe that a doctor, midwife, nurse or other medical professional failed to provide proper care and treatment during your child’s birth in Silver Spring, and your child suffered serious harm as a result, The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates will provide legal guidance you can trust. We can advise you on how to hold negligent medical providers responsible for your child’s injuries and work with you to pursue the compensation that you will need to provide for your child in the years to come.
Routine health screenings, radiology exams and blood tests are all designed to detect medical problems such as cancer or blood clots. When doctors order appropriate tests and correctly analyze the results – along with the other medical information which they have gathered – they should be able to timely diagnose patients and start them on an effective treatment plan.
However, when doctors fail to take those steps, it can lead to a missed or delayed diagnosis that causes serious harm to the patient. In many cases, the diagnostic error is a fatal one. It costs a patient the opportunity to get treatment at a time when it could have made a meaningful difference in their prognosis.
For example, some types of cancer can be caught early and treated effectively for a relatively low cost. But if a doctor fails to order and interpret tests, the cancer may go undetected and progress until it becomes a terminal condition. In many cases, a patient goes to the emergency room with stroke or heart attack symptoms which a doctor diagnoses as a less-serious condition. The misdiagnosis may prevent the patient from getting treatment and medication that could save the patient’s life.
Medication Error Attorneys
Every day, medication errors occur in Silver Spring and in clinics and hospitals throughout the surrounding area in Maryland. Some of the most common errors are:
- Administering the wrong medication or dosage
- Failing to administer medication according to schedule
- Mixing medications which are dangerous if combined
- Failing to check a patient’s history before prescribing a drug.
Because our medical malpractice lawyers are also doctors, we know how the medication process should work, and we can identify where occurs have occurred in that process. Typically, they are not the result of one medical professional making a mistake. Instead, they result from a series of errors.
At The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates, we will conduct a thorough investigation of your case in order to identify the party or parties who should be held accountable for a medication error which has harmed you, and we will work tirelessly to pursue the compensation that you deserve.
About Silver Spring, MD
In Maryland, Circuit Courts preside over most civil cases, including those which involve medical malpractice claims. Silver Spring is a community located in Montgomery County. So, medical malpractice lawsuits which arise in Silver Spring typically will be filed in:
Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
In some cases, a person may need to pursue a claim in federal court rather than in state court. The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland is the federal trial court in our state. If a Silver Spring medical malpractice claim must be filed and litigated in federal court, it typically would be filed in the court’s Southern Division, which is located at:
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
6500 Cherrywood Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Under Maryland’s medical malpractice statute of limitations, you generally must file a lawsuit within five years from the date when the negligent act or omission occurred or within three years from the date when the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. Because a medical malpractice case can involve a great deal of investigation and preparation before a party can file a lawsuit, you should seek legal help with your potential medical malpractice claim as early as possible. Contact us today at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates and get started with a free and confidential review of your case.