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Pursuant to Maryland law, parties that wish to pursue medical malpractice claims must submit a certificate of qualified expert in conjunction with their complaint. If they fail to meet this requirement, their complaint will most likely be dismissed. While the expert providing the certificate must meet certain requirements, they do not have to practice in the precise specialty as the defendant, as discussed in a recent Maryland case. If you were harmed by a careless physician, it is important to understand what evidence you must offer to recover damages, and you should speak to a Maryland medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

Procedural History of the Case

It is alleged that the defendant surgically removed the plaintiff’s dental implants and installed replacements. The procedure required the defendant to create bone grafts and place the implants. The procedure ultimately failed, causing the plaintiff extreme pain. The plaintiff developed an infection and had to undergo additional surgery to remediate the issues caused by the initial procedure.

Reportedly, the plaintiff filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant. In conjunction with his complaint, he submitted a certificate of qualified expert, as required under Maryland law. The defendant moved to strike the certificate and dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint on the grounds that the expert was not qualified. The court granted the defendant’s motion, and the plaintiff appealed. Continue Reading ›

Pursuant to state and federal law, parties are permitted to pursue civil lawsuits, including medical malpractice claims, without the assistance of an attorney. Medical malpractice cases are challenging, however, and parties that file them without legal counsel are likely to make mistakes that impact their right to recover damages. This was demonstrated in a recent Maryland opinion delivered by the district court, in which it dismissed the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims because of a lack of jurisdiction. If you were hurt by the negligence of your doctor, it is in your best interest to retain the assistance of a Maryland medical malpractice attorney to help you pursue damages.

History of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against hospital employees in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiff’s complaint asserted that jurisdiction was proper because the defendants forced him to do things against his will. To his complaint, he attached a document that indicated he was discharged from a psychiatric program due to his failure to comply with the program rules and an order from a judge that committed him involuntarily to the hospital where the defendants worked. The plaintiff also moved to proceed in forma pauperis. The court granted the motion but also dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint.

Jurisdiction In Medical Malpractice Matters

In the opinion dismissing the complaint, the court explained that federal courts have limited jurisdiction. As such, a federal district court may only preside over a case if it possesses the authority granted by the Constitution and statutory law to do so. Thus, if a party wishes to proceed in federal court, they must allege and, if challenged, must show that the federal court can exercise subject matter jurisdiction over the case. Continue Reading ›

Parties in medical malpractice cases typically rely heavily on expert testimony and other evidence to establish their positions; if a party is precluded from offering certain evidence, they may be unable to prove their assertions. As such, it is not uncommon for parties in medical malpractice cases to file motions in limine prior to trial, asking the courts to limit what evidence their opponents are permitted to introduce. In a recent Maryland medical malpractice case arising out of a negligently performed spinal surgery, a court explained the grounds for granting motions in limine. If you were injured due to the carelessness of your surgeon, it is wise to confer with a Maryland medical malpractice attorney about what claims you may be able to pursue.

The History of the Case

Allegedly, the defendant performed a lumbar endoscopic discectomy on the plaintiff. The plaintiff experienced extreme pain following the procedure. During a surgical follow-up visit, the defendant advised the plaintiff that she may have re-herniated one of the discs he repaired and that she had residual scar tissue surrounding her spine. The plaintiff underwent two additional procedures on her back that were performed by other physicians but continued to experience pain.

People who suffer harm due to the incompetence of their healthcare providers will often seek compensation via medical malpractice claims. While many people pursuing such claims will present their evidence to a jury, others will ask a judge to rule on issues of liability and damages; this was demonstrated in a recent Maryland case in which the plaintiff alleged she suffered emotional and psychological injuries because of the tortious conduct of the defendant healthcare provider’s employee. If you were injured by the carelessness of a healthcare provider, it is wise to confer with a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your options for seeking damages.

The Facts of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff was treated at a medical center operated by the defendant. The plaintiff was a veteran of the United States military who suffered from multiple health issues; the medical center provided veterans with medical care. During a treatment visit, one of the defendant’s employees walked in on the plaintiff’s medical exam without permission. The plaintiff was partially disrobed at the time and undergoing an examination.

Reportedly, the employee subsequently made numerous unsolicited phone calls to the plaintiff. The plaintiff subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendant, asserting professional negligence, vicarious liability, and other claims pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. The case proceeded to a bench trial, and after examining the evidence, the court issued findings of fact and conclusions of law. Continue Reading ›

Maryland imposes strict requirements on parties that wish to pursue medical malpractice claims. Specifically, among other things, the Maryland Code dictates that a person that wants to seek damages from a health care provider for harm related to their treatment must first fulfill certain procedural requirements. If they neglect to do so, their claim will most likely be dismissed, as demonstrated in a recent opinion issued by a Maryland court. If you were harmed by inadequate medical treatment, it is wise to talk to a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer to determine your possible claims.

The Plaintiff’s Allegations

It is reported that the plaintiff and his wife sought fertility treatment from the defendant. They underwent an IVF procedure, during which ten eggs were retrieved and fertilized. Due to COVID-19, embryo transfers were prohibited for a period of time. The plaintiff requested and ultimately received a transfer of the couple’s embryos to another facility. Due to dissatisfaction with communication with the defendant, a dispute over charges, and other issues, the plaintiff filed a medical malpractice lawsuit asserting claims against the defendant. The defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint due to procedural defects. The court granted the motion, and the plaintiff appealed.

Procedural Requirements for Seeking Damages for Medical Malpractice

On appeal, the court affirmed the trial court ruling. The court explained that a plaintiff that wishes to pursue a medical malpractice case must submit a claim to the Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (HCADRO) Director. They must also file a Certificate of Qualified Expert with the HCADRO director. Filing the claim and certificate with the HCADRO director are conditions precedent that must be met prior to filing an action in court. Continue Reading ›

It is an unfortunate fact that people confined to federal facilities are often the victims of incompetent medical care. In such instances, they have the right to seek compensation for their losses. As with any other civil claim asserted under Maryland law, they must abide by procedural rules, and if they neglect to do so, their claims may be dismissed. If you sustained harm at the hands of a neglectful health care provider, it is in your best interest to confer with a Maryland medical malpractice attorney to discuss your rights.

The Plaintiff’s Harm

It is reported that the plaintiff was confined to a federal facility. When he first arrived, he told a staff member that he required a special diet due to health issues. Regardless, he received a normal diet. Throughout the course of his confinement, he requested medical care for various issues, including a swollen and bloody eye following an assault, a facial fracture, and other issues, but was denied treatment each time.

It is alleged that the plaintiff filed a lawsuit seeking claims against the nurse that worked in the facility, the medical provider that offered care in the facility, and other entities, alleging he was denied medical care and seemed to allege that the plaintiff was the victim of medical malpractice. One set of defendants filed an answer followed by a motion for judgment on the pleadings, while another filed a motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, a motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff did not file a response to either motion. The court, upon reviewing the plaintiff’s complaint and the defendants’ motions and briefs, found in favor of the defendants and granted their motions. Continue Reading ›

Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, a federal statute, healthcare providers are essentially prohibited from refusing to provide critical care to patients in emergency situations simply because the patient does not have health insurance. While the EMTALA does not supplant state medical malpractice laws, it can provide a cause of action for pursuing claims against healthcare providers. Recently, a Maryland court discussed what a patient seeking damages under the EMTALA must prove to prevail. If you suffered harm due to insufficient care during a medical emergency, it is smart to speak to a Maryland medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

The Facts of the Case

It is reported that the plaintiff was bitten by a Cane Corso dog when he was walking around his neighborhood. He returned home, where he proceeded to have a panic attack. He then called an ambulance and was transported to the defendant’s hospital. When he was at the hospital, he was asked if he had health insurance and stated that he did not.

Allegedly, after the conversation, the plaintiff asserts that the hospital staff did not follow critical screening protocols or the standard screening or treatment for dog bites. He was ultimately discharged with medication. He continued to complain of pain and panic attacks as a result of the dog bite. He subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendant, asserting EMTALA claims. The defendant then moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s lawsuit. Continue Reading ›

Pursuant to Maryland law, people harmed by medical malpractice have the right to seek compensation via civil claims. Parties that file medical malpractice lawsuits must comply with procedural rules, however, otherwise their claims may be dismissed, regardless of whether they have merit. This was emphasized recently when a Maryland court affirmed the dismissal of a medical malpractice case due to the plaintiff’s failure to properly serve the defendant. If you sustained losses because of negligent medical care, you might be owed compensation, and you should speak to a Maryland medical malpractice attorney about what you must do to establish liability.

Procedural History of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff filed a pro se lawsuit against the defendant seeking damages for numerous causes of action, including medical malpractice. Three weeks after the plaintiff filed his complaint, the trial court issued a writ of summons for the defendant. Approximately four months later, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the complaint due to insufficient process, insufficient service, and lack of jurisdiction. The court granted the defendant’s motion, and the plaintiff appealed.

Procedural Rules for Pursuing Maryland Medical Malpractice Claims

On appeal, the court affirmed the trial court ruling. The court noted that the plaintiff attempted to serve the defendant on three occasions. During the first attempt, he delivered a handwritten summons that did not include the court’s seal. In the second attempt, he delivered one page of the court-issued summons but not the entire summons or the complaint. Continue Reading ›

Maryland law affords people the right to pursue medical malpractice claims without the assistance of an attorney. All parties pursuing such claims must comply with the applicable rules of procedure; however, otherwise, their claims may be dismissed, as illustrated recently in a Maryland case. As such, in most instances, it is beneficial for a person harmed by negligent medical care to seek the assistance of an attorney. If you were harmed by an incompetent healthcare provider, it is prudent to talk to a Maryland medical malpractice attorney to determine what measures you can take to protect your interests.

The Plaintiff’s Allegations

It is reported that when the plaintiff was restrained in a federal facility, a nurse administered medication to him that was meant for another person with the same name. The drug, which was a treatment for hepatitis C, caused the plaintiff to suffer nausea, cramping, and diarrhea. He subsequently filed a federal lawsuit against the nurse, seeking compensation for her incompetence and malpractice. He filed a motion seeking permission to proceed in forma pauperis as well.

Procedural Rules Pertaining to Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases

While the court granted the plaintiff’s request to proceed in forma pauperis, it ultimately dismissed his lawsuit. It explained that the federal courts have limited jurisdiction and can only preside over matters posing a federal question or disputes between diverse parties where the amount in controversy meets the jurisdictional threshold. Continue Reading ›

In the majority of medical malpractice cases, the plaintiff will aver that the defendant acted negligently rather than intentionally. Thus, a plaintiff generally must establish, among other things, that the defendant owed them a duty in order to establish liability in a medical malpractice case; if they cannot, their claim may be dismissed, as demonstrated in a recent opinion delivered in a medical malpractice case. If you suffered harm because of inadequate medical care, it is essential to consult a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer to assess what evidence you must produce to recover compensation.

The Facts of the Case

 It is reported that while the plaintiff was confined to a treatment facility, he willingly took a pill that was prescribed to another patient. He subsequently developed priapism and requested that a correctional officer call for medical treatment, but his requests went unheeded for an extended period of time. He asserts that the delays caused him to suffer permanent impotence. He subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendant, the entity that operated the treatment center, alleging that its medical negligence caused his harm. The defendant then moved for summary judgment in its favor.

Evidence Needed to Establish Medical Negligence

The court granted the defendant’s motion and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims. The court explained that the plaintiff was required to offer evidence that demonstrated that the defendant was bound by a certain standard of care, it deviated from the standard, and the deviation caused the plaintiff’s harm. Continue Reading ›

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