Baltimore Surgical Error Lawyers: What You Don’t Know…October 15, 2012
If you woke up from a nose job looking like Pinocchio, you would probably know right away you had grounds for a medical malpractice claim against your cosmetic surgeon. But not all medical errors are as plain as the nose on your face. In fact, you can be a victim of medical malpractice and not even know it.
Take, for example, one of the most common medical errors in malpractice suits: leaving a foreign object, such as a surgical sponge, inside a patient’s body after surgery. You come out of surgery feeling like anyone else who just came out of surgery: not so great. But long after you would expect to feel better, you continue to feel not so great. You have lingering pain. You are frequently feverish. This can go on for years — until finally, an astute doctor discovers that festering sponge stuck in your gut.
This discovery is a crucial moment in your burgeoning medical malpractice claim against your surgeon, thanks to a legal doctrine called the discovery rule. The discovery rule modifies the normal statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim. Contact the Baltimore surgical error lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for more details and an analysis of the Statute of Limiations in your case.