Maryland Hospital Negligence Lawyers: Medical Errors in Hospitals Can Be Costly

Traffic in Maryland is usually heavy and the state has its fair share of dangerous intersections. So, when you stopped and looked before making a right turn on red at the corner traffic light, it seemed that your path was clear. But as you began your turn, you didn’t see the guy who was speeding to get through the light. He hit you with his truck and you were seriously hurt.

Because of your injuries, emergency medical personnel rushed you to the local emergency room for medical treatment. You had to wait for help at the ER and the staff did not re-assess your condition before preparing you for surgery. As a result, you now have ongoing complications from your adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

How do these medical mistakes happen? What protection do hospital patients really have in these situations? Through the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the state of Maryland oversees licensing requirements for health care facilities. In addition, the OHCQ is responsible for:

  • Monitoring the quality of care delivered in approximately 13,000 health care and community residential programs.
  • Licensing and certifying the state’s health care facilities. Without a license, a facility cannot operate legally in the state.
  • Pursuing action against facilities that don’t adhere to rules and regulations. The OHCQ can take steps to revoke a license, levy a fine on the facility or place other restrictions on its license.

Even with these overall protections in place, no government agency can guarantee competent performance of medical staff. If you are a victim of a medical error that occurred in a hospital, contact the experienced Maryland hospital negligence lawyers at Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.. We will discuss your case and, if warranted, plan legal action on your behalf.