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Medical malpractice errors account for nearly 100,000 deaths each year in the United States. In fact, more people die each year from medical mistakes than from car accidents. If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death as a result of medical malpractice, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.

For more than 20 years, the attorneys of Portner & Shure have been pursuing the best interests of our clients in medical malpractice cases in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our firm has won verdicts and settlements worth millions of dollars for the victims of medical negligence. These claims involve aspects of medical malpractice law such as:

  • Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Medication overdose
  • Surgical negligence
  • Prescription errors
  • Anesthesia negligence
  • Wrongful death

Our tremendous record of success in medical malpractice includes recovering $2.6 million in a November 2012 cerebral palsy case in Maryland.

For specific information concerning malpractice in an area near you, see the following:  Frederick, Glen Burnie, or Columbia.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

By definition, medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider causes injury or death to a patient by failing to act within the applicable standard of care. To prove malpractice, an attorney must possess not only excellent legal knowledge but also familiarity with the health care profession and standards of treatment.

In every case we handle, our attorneys and staff — which includes a registered nurse — work with numerous physicians and other experts to bolster our claims. From reviewing medical records and validating claims to aggressively pursuing legal maneuvers aimed at securing full compensation, we have the skills and experience to handle all aspects of medical malpractice litigation.

How Much Is Your Case Worth?

There are many factors that impact the value of a medical malpractice claim. Our attorneys understand how to properly evaluate damages in order to determine the full value of a claim and build a strong case for the jury. Among the damages we seek compensation for are:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing homes are supposed to be places where people who need care but don't need to be in a hospital can live out their golden years with dignity. Unfortunately, when nursing homes and their staff members are negligent or abusive, the results can be tragic. If your loved one has been injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you protect his or her rights.

At Portner & Shure, we handle nursing home cases in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. If English isn't your first language, there's no problem; our support staff includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Our nursing home negligence lawyers pursue justice for families who have had a loved one injured due to:

  • Withholding food and water
  • Medication errors
  • Poor toilet and bathing facilities
  • Inadequate grooming
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Symptoms Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Tragically, the victims of nursing home abuse are often unable to communicate that they are suffering abuse. As a family member, the signs and symptoms you should be looking for include emotional withdrawal, strange behavior, dementia or sudden confusion, depression, anxiety and agitation. Physical signs include:

  • Bedsores
  • Cuts, abrasions and skin damage
  • Broken bones, sprains and dislocations
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained venereal diseases
  • Torn or stained undergarments
  • Bruising

What To Do If You Suspect Abuse Or Neglect

If you believe your loved one is being neglected or abused, keep your eyes open for signs and speak to an attorney from our firm. We will thoroughly investigate the situation, including staffing levels, staff member backgrounds, history of abuse claims and the medical condition of your loved one. Whether the nursing home is withholding nutrition from your loved one, neglecting his or her needs or actively abusing its members, it needs to be held accountable for its callousness.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you obtain justice for your loved one.