Medical Malpractice

Mistakes made by doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers can leave victims with significant pain and suffering, deformity, unending disabilities, and can even cause death. Making things more difficult is the fact that those healthcare providers are defended by large, powerful insurance companies and defense attorneys who work hard and expend tremendous amounts of money in an attempt to limit the compensation that you may receive for your injuries. In order to fight those powerful insurance companies and hospitals for the compensation you deserve you need an experienced and aggressive attorney who will work hard on your behalf and stand up for what is right. The Law Office of Metzner & Houpt, and the attorneys in our network, would be honored to guide you through this complicated process and to fight for compensation on your behalf.  

 

WHAT IS IT?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider “breaches the standard of care,” which is the term we used to describe negligence by doctors and other healthcare providers. The “standard of care” is what a reasonably competent healthcare provider, with similar training and experience, would do under the same or similar circumstances. When a healthcare care provider treats a patient negligently, and that negligence causes injury to a patient, the elements of a prima facie case of medical malpractice have been met.

 

WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER?

Damages in medical malpractice cases can be catastrophic, having a far reaching impact on victims’ lives. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, your damages might include:

 

            Past and future pain and suffering

            Past and future medical expenses

            Past and future lost wages

            Loss of ability to perform household duties

            Loss of consortium (damage to a marital relationship)

 

WHAT TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES DO YOU HANDLE?

The Law Office of Metzner & Houpt, and the attorneys in our network, have handled many different types of medical malpractice cases. Regardless of your course of care, we are happy to review ANY potential case where a healthcare provider’s actions caused an unnecessary injury to a patient.

 

Here are a few examples of some of the types of cases and injuries that we have handled:

 

            Wrongful death (a medical mistake, in any circumstance, leading to death)

            Spinal cord injuries and other injuries leading to paralysis

            Surgical errors

            Nursing Home Abuse and Injuries

            Medication errors

            Emergency room errors

            Infection/Sepsis/SIRS

            Birth injury, including obstetrical and neonatal malpractice

            Amputation

            Kidney injuries and other injuries to internal organs

            Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

            Gentamicin ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity

            Stroke and failure to administer tPA

            Improper management of high blood pressure

            Failure to diagnose

            Transient Ischemic Attacks

            Cancer misdiagnosis

           

If you have been injured as a result of receiving (or not receiving) medical care, call us for a free consultation.      

Located in downtown Hagerstown, MD Lewis C. Metzner serves clients in Hagerstown, Frederick, Middletown, Myersville, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Thurmont, and Urbana as well as residents of Washington County, Frederick County, Allegany County and Garrett County.
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