Upper Marlboro Attorneys:
Medical Malpractice Claims
At Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher (SCB) our personal injury attorneys assist clients with claims for serious injuries resulting from medical malpractice. Our lawyers have the extensive experience, access to medical experts, and substantial resources necessary to effectively pursue these difficult cases.
Was my case medical malpractice?
Not every tragic outcome results from medical negligence, and not every hospital error merits a malpractice claim. If a member of your family was seriously injured or died in connection with medical treatment, and you suspect a medical error contributed to the injury, our attorneys will review your case and help you determine what happened. Please contact our Upper Marlboro office to arrange a free consultation.
What constitutes medical negligence?
When any member of the health care profession — a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist, a laboratory technician — fails to provide care that meets the standard established by the profession, it constitutes medical malpractice. If that negligence results in a serious injury or death, the victim (or victim’s estate) is entitled to a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Successful claims will be paid by the professional’s liability insurance. Examples of medical malpractice claims include those involving the following circumstances:
Preventable birth injuries, including those resulting from obstetrical negligence in failure to perform a c-section in a timely manner, forceps injuries, and failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia or identify signs of fetal distress; and including shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, and hypoxia
Emergency room and trauma center errors, including failure to admit a patient to the hospital, failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke, and failure to refer a patient to a specialist
Hospital negligence, including negligent staffing and failure to observe hand washing procedures, resulting in falls out of bed, bedsores, and infections
Failure to diagnose breast, skin, testicular, or colon cancer
Intensive care errors
Cosmetic surgery failures
If you would like one of our lawyers to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim, please call 301-627-5500 or e-mail our office to arrange a free consultation. We meet with clients in offices in Upper Marlboro and La Plata.
Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Phillip R. Zuber is a partner at the firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher. He has devoted much of his thirty years practicing law to the complex areas of medical malpractice (especially obstetrical, neonatal and emergency medicine issues), legal malpractice, electric utility accidents, catastrophic personal injury, and attorney disciplinary matters. He has also acted for over twenty-five years as general products liability counsel for an international industrial manufacturer.
Mr. Zuber is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization for which fellowship is extended only by invitation – after careful investigation – to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Although there are currently more than 5,700 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Mr. Zuber currently serves on the Maryland State Committee for the American College. (www.actl.com)
For several years, Mr. Zuber has been named one of Maryland’s “Super Lawyers,” or one of the area’s top professional liability defense attorneys.
Mr. Zuber currently serves with judges and lawyers on the Maryland Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil. He is also a frequent speaker to doctors, nurses, risk managers, and insurance companies, on a wide range of medical and attorney malpractice related subjects. In conjunction with the American College’s State Committee, he has participated in teaching a Litigation Skills Course to law students at the University of Baltimore Law School.
While based in Upper Marlboro, Mr. Zuber has had cases and trials throughout the State of Maryland. During his career, Mr. Zuber has handled more than a hundred cases involving multi-million dollar claims.
Among his many community activities, Mr. Zuber serves on the Board of Trustees for Bryn Athyn College as the Chairman of its Legal Advisory Committee. (www.brynathyn.edu).
Mr. Zuber attended the University of Maryland College Park, graduating with high honors. He received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law with honors, where he served on the student editorial board of the Maryland Law Review.
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If you think you or a family member has suffered a loss or injury as a result of medical malpractice you can call John at 902-423-2050 for a consultation or to request a free copy of Johns book: The Consumers Guide to Medical Malpractice Claims in Canada: Why 98% of Canadian Medical Malpractice Victims Never Get a Penny in Compensation.
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its easy. Clearly, before, its about justice before accident settlements. You know something has happened to your client. Working as a personal injury attorney in NY, You know theyve been wronged, whether its a construction accident, a medical malpractice case, somebody who falls in a building, all types of accidents. There are so many different types, but whichever one it is, the first thing you want to do is make them whole. Thats your job. Thats what they hired you for. And I take my job as a personal injury attorney in NY very seriously. They didnt come to me because they want somebody to sit there and push around pieces of paper for accident settlements. They came to me because they want justice. Thats the beginning. But when you get into the individual parts of it, whether its arguing an appeal, or trying a case, or cross-examining a witness, the justice part goes over here. And you stay focused. And, as a professional personal injury attorney in NY, you I focus on one thing, you I focus on winning. And you know you have a goal. Each time, its, maybe its just a certain part that you have to win, maybe its the whole case you have to win, but you keep your eye on that ball, and that ball is winning.
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Question : Does anyone know of a medical malpractice lawyer or law m.d. in Boston…Preferably a female???
Question Details: I had a baby 9months ago and seriously can’t get over the horrible experience. I have never sued or brought legal action against anyone. It would take me alot more than this paragraph to explain the whole situation-but its very complicated with several different issues. Basicly as a result I feel like my life is ruined. I have a beautiful healthy baby but can’t move past everything….I know i’m being vague but any referrals or assistance you can give would be great. Also if anyone knows if there are any online groups or boards w/other people seeking action against their Ob or MD i would love to speak to others. Part of the problem is the serious emotional distress that accompanied this whole mess-i’m actually ashamed to say i thought most people claiming this weren’t being honest-but now see malpractice in a whole new light. I guess because our society is so "lawsuit" happy I had trouble allowing myself to truly believe that I was not treated correctly. Thanks so much.
i’m not from the boston area, but i would recommend you contact the massachussetts bar association. they have a referral service. most often, you will only do a consultation over the phone free of charge. they’ll tell you if they want you to come in if they feel you have a good case. that being said, almost all medical malpractice suits involve serious misconduct or neglect by the hospital and/or provider. psychological issues may not fly unless you’ve undergone extensive counseling (or can otherwise demonstrate this distress — loss of job, etc) due to some serious (and unusual) circumstances caused by the hospital (or doctor). they’re an extremely expensive form of litigation and most attorneys aren’t going to help you unless you’ve got a strong case, money to finance it yourself or they’re in a large firm that can afford to pay upfront costs. but again, unless you’re case is a strong one, you’re unlikely to get a big cash payoff, which throws into question the point of pursuing litigation. the attorney you speak to may only recommend that you file a complaint with the medical board in your state. it may not sound like much, but at least you can know your concerns will be documented with the right people. good luck
How long roughly should a personal injury claim take to complete?
Mine has been ongoing since October 2006, it is in regards to a neck injury from a car crash. I was seen by a doctor this October.
I am aware that the other insurers have admitted they are at fault.
It can vary dependant on the severity of the injury, and the speed of the correspondance between your lawyers and your Drs, insurance company etc, amoungst other things. Medical records alone can take months to arrive, as a lot of them still have to be photocopied from the days pre-computer. They will also be sending off for Police records of the accident, and fighting with the other side’s insurers as well, who will naturally be dragging their heels. Your lawyers should be keeping you informed on a regular basis though. Give them a call if you are concerned about time scale but it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long to me.
This year I had a car accient that wasn’t my fault, but now my renewal has come through and I have zero no-claims bonus. Is The other party is paying compensation etc so does it still count as a claim? If so am I entitled to claim the difference (as my insurance has jumped from around £500 to over £1000!) I’d apreciate hearing from anyone who has any knowledge or suggestions! Thanks.
The way it works is you report to your insurers, who will then claim off the other party’s insurers. If the other party’s insurers accept the claim then they will be paying out, not yours, so you won’t lose your NCB. There is no claim on your cover.
I’d contact your insurers to establish what is going on – it may be that the NCB is suspended temporarily while the bickering between insurance companies is going on, but they should tell you what’s happening. Something similar happened to me once, it turned out that some clerk in their office had put a tick in the wrong box . . .
This was for injury from a car accident in Illinois. I was once told that a good settlement was 1.5x your medical bills. I’m looking for an "adaptable" estimate like the one above as the amount of injury can vary greatly and the medical bills are a good indication of that.
There is no magic formula for settlement because the value of a settlement is entirely subjective. If you simply take as a rigid formula 1.5 times the medical bills, you might be overlooking other possible avenues of damage calculation. This is emphasized by the fact that if the defendant is willing to settle for 1.5 times your medical bills, you are obviously overlooking some possible recovery (i.e. the defendant only settles if they think they are getting a good deal…so you might be short changing yourself if the defendant is eager to accept 1.5 times the medical bills).
Factors to consider in settlement: possibility of recovery at trail, amount of potential trial recovery, need for the money (willing to take lesser amount now or potential greater amount later), desire to end the litigation early…None of these concerns are adeqquately accounted for in a rigid formula, yet they greatly affect the settlement value of a case.
if i want to be a medical malpractice lawyer, do i need to major in the medical field or in the law field? i know some of you will say both but could you tell me if i need to go to law school or medical school first.
i need to do a school project on what i want to do when im older and this [medical malpractice lawyer] is what i want to do but i CAN NOT find any sites that have a lot of information in them.
i would appreciate it if you could give me some websites as well as answer my questions. thanks! <3
Law. Medical malpractice consists of personal injury lawyers using doctors as expert witnesses to prove their case.
Your best bet would be to research a firm that does medical malpractice and look at the qualifications of the attorneys that work there. This link is pretty typical (they’re out of NYC)
I am trying to find out if there is some sort of public record of personal injury claims that have successfully been brought to court in the UK. This is out of professional interest, and I am currently doing some research into this matter.
There are but you will not get access due to the Data Protection Act.