What is one of the most popular questions that we get during our initial interviews from individuals who contact us regarding possible Maryland childbirth injury case?
If you are reading this educational article right now, or watching the corresponding video you more than likely have the same question.
That question is, “do I have a medical malpractice claim?”
Or in the case of a child injured at birth, it is, “does my child have a Maryland childbirth injury claim against the doctors or hospital?”
“WELL DO I HAVE A CLAIM OR WHAT?”
Before answering this question it may be a good idea to give you some background as to how your attorney will go about proving your medical malpractice case.
Maryland law requires that another medical expert give an opinion as to your case.
In other words, what this means is that a medical expert must give an opinion as to the standard of care in your situation and whether the treating doctor deviated from that standard of care, causing your injury.
Without this opinion and analysis your case will not be successful.
DO YOU SEE THE ISSUE NOW?
If we use the above paragraph as a backdrop to the original question, issues should arise in your mind to show you the problems with trying to answer the question of whether you have a good case during the initial interview.
The first critical issue is that there is no way during our initial talk can we have your medical records reviewed and analyzed by a medical expert.
Because this is a crucial step, it will be hard for any Maryland medical malpractice attorney to be able to give you a good answer as to where you stand, initially.
“SO CAN I HELP INITIALLY WITH THE PROCESS?”
In some cases, we have individuals who are not initially ready to speak with an attorney, but they want to “do something.”
While trying to improve your condition if you can (e.g. following up with medical care, etc…), request some of your medical records.
Records such as surgical notes, post-op notes, discharge diagnosis, etc…can be helpful to share with your attorney during the initial talk because these records can help the attorney get a better idea as to what happened in your situation.
“I NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE…NOW!”
If you know that it is time to speak to someone about what is going on in your life, or your child’s life if you are looking at a possible childbirth injury, this is what we invite you to do, and it costs nothing to take the next action.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice and childbirth injury questions like yours all the time and we would be happy to listen to your story.