No one wants to go to the hospital and if they are admitted, then they usually want to get home as quickly as possible. However, it is important that Maryland patients never be discharged too early from the hospital because this can result in serious injury or illness should they not be fully recovered or relapse from the condition that put them in the hospital to begin with. If you or a family member has suffered harm because a medical professional released you from the hospital too early, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a medical malpractice claim. To find out what legal options you may have, contact Peerless Law to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer Frederick, MD victims recommend.
Why Would a Patient Be Discharged Too Soon?
When a victim reaches out to us because they believe they were released from the hospital too soon, the Frederick, MD medical malpractice lawyer they meet with will evaluate their case to determine why this happened. Many of these cases occur because of medical error or negligence. For example, a patient who has received a pacemaker may be released before full monitoring of their condition or testing has been completed. A newborn may be released before any type of infection or birth injury has been ruled out.
While evaluating the case, the attorney will determine whether medical professionals made a medical mistake that would be considered negligence. There are four elements that must be present in order to prove that negligence has occurred, resulting in medical malpractice. These four elements are:
If even one of these elements does not apply, then negligence cannot be proven under the law. Breach of duty care is the most difficult element to prove, especially when it applies to early discharge malpractice cases. The victim’s attorney must be able to prove that another medical professional of similar experience, ability, and age would not have authorized the discharge of the victim the way the treating medical professional did.
Have You Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you were a patient in the hospital who suffered injury or harm after you were discharged and you believe the reason this happened is that you were discharged too soon, you may have grounds for medical malpractice and be entitled to financial compensation for the losses this harm caused you to suffer. Some of these damages can include any additional medical expenses you incurred, loss of income if you were unable to work while recovering, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, and more.
To learn what legal recourse you may have, call Peeples Law to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a compassionate Frederick, MD medical malpractice lawyer.