The duties and standards of care imposed on medical professionals are not within the understanding of the average person. As such, in most Maryland medical malpractice cases, the plaintiff will need to hire an expert to explain such matters to the jury and to establish causation. There are requirements a person must meet to qualify to testify as an expert, though, as discussed in a recent Maryland ruling. If you were hurt by a negligent doctor, you should speak to a trusted Maryland medical malpractice attorney about what evidence you must produce to recover damages.
The Plaintiff’s Harm
It is alleged that the defendant surgically extracted the plaintiff’s wisdom teeth. Prior to the procedure, the defendant advised the plaintiff she may experience complications, including numbness and tingling. After the surgery, the plaintiff could not speak or move her tongue. She was advised that her condition would improve over time, but it did not. She still had paresthesia at her follow-up appointment weeks later.
Reportedly, six months after the surgery, the plaintiff was treated by a different oral surgeon who diagnosed her with neurotmesis. The plaintiff filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant and named two experts who would provide expert testimony on her behalf. The defendant argued that the plaintiff’s experts’ testimony was inadmissible and, therefore, judgment should be entered in his favor as a matter of law. The court granted his motion, and the plaintiff appealed. Continue Reading ›