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Woman Wins Malpractice Claim for Botched Asthma Attack Treatment

Medical malpractice can lead to lasting injuries that can affect both a patient and his or her entire family. If you have been injured by the negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. At Arfaa Law Group, our diligent Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys understand that medical malpractice outcomes are contingent on a number of factors. We want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on the legalities of your case.

A woman in New York recently won over $100 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and several doctors over their care of a 2010 asthma attack that she suffered, leading to a massive brain injury. The hospital apparently failed to transfer the patient to a different hospital after being unable to care for her properly when she suffered swelling on the brain caused by carbon dioxide. The woman’s lawyer argued that the hospital breached the duty of care owed to the patient by failing to transfer her to a nearby facility that had the technology to remove the excessive carbon dioxide in her brain in order to prevent an injury. The incident left the woman hospitalized and in a nursing home for over a year. In fact, the patient still suffers from crippling, speech and mobility issues and is now limited to a wheelchair needing full time care, which is provided by her partner.

Generally, medical malpractice includes any type of medical negligence that takes place in a medical facility, including mistakes by physicians, nurses, technicians and other staff. Medical negligence is a broad term used to describe any treatment, lack of treatment, or any other departure from the accepted standard of care. The standard of care refers to the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same or similar circumstances. In order to win a negligence claim, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant medical professional violated the standard of care and this violation was a direct result of the patient’s injury.

It is important to note that every case is different and the specific amount of damages that you will be entitled to will vary based on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. Compensation for medical malpractice victims may include:

  • Past and future medical expense;
  • Past and future loss of income;
  • Loss of the value of employment benefits;
  • Loss of earning capacity; and/or
  • Pain and suffering (i.e., physical pain, disfigurement, disability, and emotional distress).

Proper diagnosis and treatment is essential to one’s improving health condition. If you have been injured by a medical professional’s negligence, you need to reach out to a seasoned Baltimore medical and hospital malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to treating each and every client with the respect and compassion that they deserve. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns so you can have peace of mind. For more information about your legal options, call us today at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.