Located in Rockville, MD, Macrogen Clinical Laboratory uses DNA sequencing techniques to diagnose genetic disorders, hereditary diseases, and cancer. If Macrogen failed to diagnose your cancer or other medical condition, or if you were misdiagnosed because of a lab mistake, you and your loved ones may be able to get compensated for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and other costs and hardships arising from the error.
At Whitney, LLP, our highly experienced team of clinical malpractice attorneys handles each case with compassion, precision, and careful attention to detail. We leave no piece of evidence unexamined in our tireless search for answers, and will fight until the very end to help you and your loved ones obtain the closure and justice your family deserves. Many of our clients have no prior experience with the legal system, and come to us feeling overwhelmed, lost, and alone. We will be there to answer your questions, help you understand your rights, and provide you with dedicated, around-the-clock legal support.
To schedule a free, private legal consultation with Whitney, LLP, call our law offices at (410) 583-8000. Don’t worry about having too many questions. We will give you a clear and straightforward assessment of your case, and explain some of the options that may be available to you.
How Much Can a Clinical Malpractice Victim Recover in MD?
There is no single answer to this question. The amount that a victim of clinical malpractice may recover depends on factors like:
- The age and occupation of the plaintiff, which impact the calculation of his or her projected earnings.
- Whether the plaintiff provides financial support for children or other dependents, and to what extent.
- Whether the medical error caused permanent disability.
- The plaintiff’s medical costs, which might include surgery, inpatient and outpatient care services, appointments with specialists, medical equipment, caregivers, medical implants, prescription medications, and other expenses.
- The extent of any funeral or burial costs, in cases where the error resulted in the wrongful death of the victim.
Along with compensation for current and projected losses and expenses, malpractice victims may also be compensated for losses that were not strictly financial, such as the pain and suffering they experienced because of the lab error.
What Does a Plaintiff Need to Prove to Win a Case?
Most people are already familiar with the idea of medical malpractice, which occurs when a doctor makes an avoidable mistake that causes death or injury. Clinical malpractice applies the same concept to laboratories and lab technicians, who, unlike doctors, seldom if ever interact with patients face-to-face.
Because doctors and other hospital staff usually cannot make diagnoses based on visual exams alone, clinical laboratories like Macrogen are often called upon for in-depth diagnostic screenings of tissue samples and bodily fluids. When the laboratory makes an error, the doctor who requested the test receives flawed results, which inevitably lead to flawed treatment plans. A patient might be told they are healthy when they are actually sick, or vice versa. A patient’s illness might be mistaken for a completely different condition. A patient’s diagnosis might be dangerously delayed, or even go undetected altogether.
No matter what type of error occurs, or what sort of medical condition the error involves, there are three main points a plaintiff must be able to prove:
- The laboratory somehow failed to provide you with the level of care that would be reasonably expected. This might involve losing your test results, mixing up your results with another person’s, misinterpreting the results of your test, marking down inaccurate or incomplete information, failing to follow up after a test, performing the wrong type of test, or any number of other careless acts of negligence.
- The mistake was caused by the laboratory taking inappropriate actions, or failing to act when necessary.
- You were somehow harmed by the lab’s mistake. The harm you suffered could be financial, physical, or both.
If you’re thinking about suing a clinical laboratory in Maryland, it’s extremely important that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a lawsuit, gives plaintiffs only a short window of time in which to take legal action. If the deadline passes, or if you wait to seek help until the deadline is around the corner, you will lose much of your legal recourse. Therefore, even if you aren’t certain whether legal action is appropriate, it is best to learn about your options early on. That way, if you do decide to file a complaint, there will be plenty of time to build your case.
Don’t wait for the deadline to pass. Call the diagnostic error attorneys of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 right away to start learning about your legal options. We will keep your information completely confidential, and will not charge you any fees whatsoever for your initial consultation.