“Mr. Boston I saw some of your information online and I just wanted to ask you a few questions about my medical malpractice case.”
“The key issue is that after surgery the doctor left gauze inside the surgery spot and closed it up.”
“As a result of this I suffered a massive infection and I’m dealing with a lot of issues now, with multiple follow ups with other doctors in the future.”
“I can just go ahead and file my case in circuit court and just say what happened to me right?”
The above is some of a recent conversation I had with an individual who contacted me regarding an infection and sepsis following foreign matter left inside the body after a surgery.
Even though the initial question dealt with where to file the case, there were other key issues which needed to be explored.
If you are reading this educational article, or watching the corresponding video and thinking you can handle your own Maryland medical malpractice case, this article may shed some light on the key issues you will face.
So Who Makes The Call?
Before getting deep into the above issues, there is something that you have to understand.
Ultimately it is up to you, the reader, whether you decide to represent yourself in a Maryland medical malpractice case.
An attorney can help you understand the pros and the cons about things, but it is up to you to make the final call.
It’s A Trap!!!
Unless you spend a lot of time researching this area of the law, there are many places in which you can make a mistake.
Many people understand the district court and circuit court levels here in Maryland, but with these cases there is another initial layer.
Before one can file their Maryland medical malpractice case in circuit court, a stop must be made with a filing in the Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.
This office was set up to handle and perform arbitration for medical malpractice cases.
With that said, many people who file medical malpractice cases decide to wave arbitration after filing and pursue their claim in circuit court.
Is A Medical Expert Also Needed?
Just filing a Maryland medical malpractice case is just not enough.
A person bringing this type of claim in Maryland will also need to have a medical expert on board.
The medical expert in needed under Maryland law to give an opinion as to whether the treating doctor or medical professional fell below the standard of care causing your, or your child’s injury in a birth injury case.
Without this medical expert(s) your case will not go very far.
So Mr. Boston Can We Speak Further?
If you would like to speak with me regarding whether you have a possible Maryland medical malpractice case, or whether your child’s injury at birth was due to malpractice, this is what I invite you to do, and it costs nothing to take this next action.
Pick up the phone and give me a call.
I answer Maryland medical malpractice and child birth injury questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.