Cerebral palsy is a common birth injury that can leave a child with lifelong impairments, particularly limitations in movement and motor skills. The condition is caused by brain damage, though the underlying causes can vary and are not fully understood in every case.
Previously, we began looking at the topic of tort reform, noting the fact that many states have passed limitations on non-economic damages. As we mentioned, Maryland has passed its own limitation on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. As part of tort reform efforts, Maryland has also passed pre-filing requirements, including pre-suit arbitration.
Medical care is expensive and the costs are continually increasing, making good insurance coverage increasingly essential for patients. Solving the problem is not an easy matter, but that isn't stopping lawmakers from trying. One of the efforts states have been undertaking for some time is "tort reform," particularly in the area of medical malpractice litigation.
Pregnancy is a time of hope and expectation. Women take all kinds of precautions and commit to many extraordinary efforts, from diet and exercise to taking special vitamins, to help give their unborn child the best possible start to life. Tragically, sometimes doctors prioritize their own convenience over the safety and well-being of the mother and her unborn child.
Going into surgery is scary thought for many people, especially since it seems that each day there is another story about medical malpractice.
A couple in another state claims that their infant was given a surgical procedure that he did not require. They are claiming medical negligence against the doctor, who has since admitted the mistake and apologized. With all the checks that are supposed to be performed in a medical environment, it is sad to hear of something like this happening. Unfortunately, it is not too uncommon and parents in Maryland may find themselves dealing with similar situations.
It is not unreasonable for a patient to expect that, when required to endure a hospital stay, his or her room will be clean and free from any substance that may worsen his or her condition. Unfortunately, there are numerous cases, in Maryland and elsewhere, of patients getting sick or even dying from infections acquired during their time spent in hospitals. When this happens, these individuals or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may seek compensation for their losses by litigating medical malpractice claims.
There is a medical condition of which many Maryland residents may not be aware, known as sleep apnea. This is something that can affect adults and children, both males and females. This is also a medical problem that many doctors are failing to properly diagnose. As the long-term effects of sleep apnea can be quite severe, even fatal, those who suspect that they or a loved one were not appropriately treated for this condition may pursue medical malpractice claims against providers believed to be responsible.
Surgery, whether it is considered major or minor, can be a frightening experience for anyone. Even those surgeries that are considered routine can be botched, leaving the patient or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members with a lot of questions. Those in Maryland who have been negatively affected by surgical errors may pursue a number of legal remedies in order to achieve compensation for any damages suffered as a result.
Parents in Maryland put a lot of trust in their children's healthcare providers. Whatever the need for medical care, parents look to those trained to handle the issue to the best of their ability. Whether performing a medical procedure or writing out a prescription, if mistakes are made that lead to injury -- or worse -- medical malpractice claims may follow.