Coping with a serious medical condition can be difficult and time-consuming. It may be crucial, however, to seek advice from a Maryland personal injury lawyer if you suspect medical malpractice. In an August 14, 2018 case, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland considered whether the plaintiff timely brought a medical malpractice action against a hospital that treated her. The appeal was filed after the lower court granted summary judgment in favor of the hospital.
In 2008, the plaintiff in the case began experiencing symptoms she believed to be caused by a fungal infection found in semi-arid areas of the Southwest. The plaintiff moved from Arizona to Maryland, where she sought treatment at a local hospital. Her doctor opined that her symptoms were not due to a fungal infection, but were almost certainly the effects of lung cancer, which he asserted could only be treated with a partial lung lobotomy.
After removing part of her lung in 2009, lab analysts at the hospital determined that the plaintiff did not, in fact, have lung cancer. Instead, the fungal infection suspected by the plaintiff was the cause of the symptoms she experienced and the lesion on her lungs. Over four years later, the plaintiff filed a medical negligence claim against the hospital and lab. The circuit court, however, found that the plaintiff failed to file her medical malpractice claim within three years of the statutory deadline.