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Contributory Negligence in Medical Malpractice

Here is what you need to know about contributory negligence in medical malpractice cases.

When it comes to injury claims, medical malpractice cases can be particularly difficult to win because of their complexity. You will need the support of accurate, detailed testimonies, as well as the support of trusted medical professionals and medical malpractice lawyers. One of the obstacles you might come against in a medical malpractice case is contributory negligence, which is a serious legal factor in Maryland. Here is what you need to know about contributory negligence in medical malpractice cases.

About Contributory Negligence

The regulations on contributory negligence vary from different states, but one thing in common is that in some states, like Maryland, a person’s case can be disqualified if it can be proven that they had anything to do with their own injuries. What is particularly difficult is that in Maryland follows the strict pure contributory negligence rule. Pure contributory negligence means that a person cannot receive financial compensation for their injuries if they had any contributory negligence whatsoever, even being as little as one percent at fault.

How Contributory Negligence Occurs

As strict as these contributory negligence rules are, you might be concerned if there is a way that the medical professionals you’re trying to sue could prove you were partially at fault for your medical malpractice injuries. Some of the ways that a patient can be considered negligent are if their actions could have directly or indirectly contributed to their injuries. For example, failing to follow the directions of the doctor by not taking medication at the right times or in the proper dosage could be considered contributory negligence. Other examples include providing inaccurate or false information about medical history, lying about the nature or extent of symptoms, or doing things that would worsen the condition like consuming alcohol with a known liver problem.

Last Clear Chance Doctrine

Fortunately, in regards to the pure contributory negligence rule, there is one somewhat loophole called the last clear chance doctrine. If your doctor had the last apparent opportunity to prevent your injury but failed to take this opportunity, then they would be considered at fault. This means that even if you have been accused of contributory negligence, all might not be lost. If you can prove that the doctor in question, and not you, had the last clear chance to avoid your injury, then you could still receive compensation for your injuries.

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