Maryland Brain Injury Attorneys Advocate for Victims Injured Due to Hospital Negligence
Holding doctors and healthcare providers responsible for their mistakes
Hospital visits, whether prompted by accident or illness, are presumed to be beneficial to the person being treated. No one wants to be discharged from care in a worse condition than they were in upon admission, and no one expects the treatment itself to cause more harm than good. Unfortunately, when doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals fail in their duty to diagnose and treat a brain injury, or negligently cause a brain injury during treatment, the results can be catastrophic.
At the Maryland law firm of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., our skilled brain injury attorneys have provided compassionate representation to countless victims and their families injured as the result of hospital negligence. We have more than 150 years of combined experience aggressively countering the stonewalling tactics of healthcare providers eager to avoid liability. We have a proven track record of successfully earning much-needed compensation for clients and their families.
What type of hospital negligence can cause a brain injury?
Hospitals and doctors can negligently cause a brain injury to occur during treatment when they:
- Delay proper diagnosis—Although symptoms of closed head injuries may not be immediately apparent, the failure of a doctor or hospital to investigate a possible head injury can result in the injury becoming much more serious.
- Misdiagnosis—effective treatment of a closed head injury can also be delayed by an incorrect diagnosis.
- Medication errors—Doctors may prescribe the wrong dosage of a medication; nurses can administer an incorrect dosage; and hospital equipment used in treatment can malfunction and cause medication error. Each of these errors is preventable, and can cause brain injury.
- Anesthesia errors—Prior to surgery, an anesthesiologist may insufficiently investigate the history of a patient, or improperly administer tracheal intubation. During surgery, failure to adequately monitor vital signs, due to human error or malfunctioning hospital equipment, can also cause profound injury.
- Surgical errors—During surgery, a doctor may inadvertently damage an organ or sever nerves. Doctors have even operated on the wrong body part. Follow surgery, a medical device may accidently be left inside the patient’s body; poor post-operative procedures can also cause a serious infection.
- Birth injuries—Infants can suffer serious brain injuries as the result of prenatal negligence prior to birth, or errors occurring during childbirth.
In each of these injuries, negligence is said to occur when the actions of the medical professional fall short of the standard of care which a patient should receive under reasonably similar circumstances.
How do these errors damage the brain?
In cases involving misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of an existing closed head injury, failure to treat swelling, clotting, or bleeding within the brain can cause pressure to build within the skull. Without swift action to relieve this pressure, the brain can become stretched or compressed, resulting in further damage.
Brain injuries occurring during medical procedures such as surgery or childbirth are often the result of lack of adequate oxygen to the brain. Without enough oxygen, brain cells begin to die, and if permitted to persist, can result in coma, severe brain damage, and ultimately death.
Hospitals and doctors have access to medical and insurance personnel, whose job it is to limit or even deny liability following a brain injury caused by negligence, therefore it is imperative, for patients and their families to contact our experienced Maryland brain injury attorneys as quickly as possible once a brain injury has been diagnosed. A determination of negligence often requires close examination of complicated medical records and scientific analysis. A negligence claim must be filed within a limited time frame following the injury, and because of complex nature of both a brain injury and any litigation involving that injury, allowing us as much time as possible to investigate and prepare a claim is extremely beneficial.
Dedicated Maryland brain injury attorneys are on your side
The skilled Maryland brain injury attorneys of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., have more than 150 years of combined experience seeking justice for brain injury victims through the relentless pursuit of negligent doctors and healthcare facilities. If you believe that your brain injury or the brain injury of a loved one was caused by a negligent medical professional, please do not hesitate. Contact us today at for a free initial consultation at (800) 229-7026, or contact us online to discuss your case with an attorney now. There is no fee until you recover, and we have five offices to serve you, including Rockville Maryland, Alexandria Virginia and downtown Washington D.C. In addition, our staff speaks Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and Korean.