Pursuant to Maryland law, a plaintiff that wishes to pursue medical malpractice claims must comply with the requirements of the Maryland Health Care Malpractice Claims Act (the Act). Among other things, Act requires plaintiffs to file a statement of a qualified expert prior to proceeding with civil claims. While the failure to do so used to be fatal to medical malpractice claims filed in federal court, an intervening change in the law dictates that courts can no longer dismiss a plaintiff’s claims due to their failure to serve an expert certificate prior to suing. The impact of the ruling was discussed by the Maryland district court in a matter in which it ultimately reinstated the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims. If you suffered harm due to the carelessness of a healthcare provider, you should meet with a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer to discuss what damages you may be owed.
Background of the Case
It is reported that the decedent filed a medical malpractice complaint against the defendants in January 2019, alleging he received inadequate treatment for various conditions when he was housed in a state facility. Following the decedent’s death, the representative of his estate was substituted as the plaintiff. In turn, she asserted that the treatment offered to the decedent fell below the standard of care. The defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims, and the court granted their motion. The plaintiff then filed a motion for reconsideration.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Claims Filed in Federal Court
Due to an intervening change in the law between the time the previous order was issued and the plaintiff’s filing of the motion for reconsideration, the court granted the motion. The court explained that it originally dismissed the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims because she failed to satisfy the requirements of the Act. Namely, she failed to file a certificate of a qualified expert that set forth how a defendant’s deviation from the accepted standard of care caused the plaintiff’s harm, and neglected to submit her claims to arbitration or properly waive arbitration. Continue Reading ›