Wrongful Death At A Maryland Hospital?
A wrongful death at a Maryland hospital can leave many families with a lot of questions. From how did this death happen to was there something that could have been done to prevent it, families can feel powerless because in many instances they have no answers.
One of the purposes of this educational article and supporting video is to share important information and helpful suggestions if your family has to unfortunately deal with this situation one day.
THE FIRST YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL…
My business partner, and wife Renee was in her first year of law school when she received a life changing phone call. Her father was scheduled to have a “simple” outpatient procedure. However, according to the doctors and medical professionals in charge of the procedure, a “complication” occurred, which lead to her father’s untimely death.
The official cause of death on the death certificate was essentially that he died of a heart attack. That was it, a heart attack is what caused the death, supposedly.
A WRONGFUL DEATH AT A MARYLAND HOSPITAL?
Because Renee’s father’s death was so sudden it caught her and her family off guard. As a result, the family never really did any investigation initially as to “what caused the heart attack” or had an autopsy performed.
This is usually the case for many people who call our office when their loved one has passed either while at the hospital or in the care of a doctor. Things can be so hectic that trying to find out what happened can fly under the radar.
GET AN AUTOPSY DONE AND DON’T FORGET THE MEDICAL RECORDS…
When a wrongful death at a Maryland hospital occurs you need to be sure to request that an autopsy is performed. If the hospital or medical examiner will not perform the autopsy, you can pay to have a private autopsy done.
An autopsy can be important because it can help you understand the cause of death. As I alluded to above with my father-in-law’s situation, the death certificate did not state what, if anything caused the heart attack. Was he not a good candidate for the surgery? Did the anesthesiologist make an error? All of these questions are relevant and were not answered by a simple death certificate.
WANT TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?
Renee and I were at the start of our legal journeys when this tragedy occurred. We were not medical malpractice attorneys or anything close to it. As a matter of fact we had only completed one semester of law school. So we know that if something like this can happen to us, it can happen to others.
Because we can relate to some of the lingering questions you may have we would be glad to listen to your story and help in any way we can.
Give us a call at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice and wrongful death questions like yours all the time.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815