How to protect your family when a loved one dies while in the care of a doctor? Unfortunately, this is a conversation that many families must endure and when it is time to have the talk, confusion can sometimes reign supreme.
As a Maryland medical malpractice attorney, sometimes I am contacted by families who want answers surrounding their loved one’s death, but in some instances, it can be impossible to give solid answers due to the family’s failure to take this one action. What is that action you may be asking yourself? Getting an autopsy done.
WHY IS AN AUTOPSY IMPORTANT IN A SUDDEN DEATH IF YOU FILE SUIT?
When it comes to how to protect your family when a loved one dies suddenly while in the care of a doctor, understanding why an autopsy is important can go a long way in understanding this process. When proving negligence under Maryland tort law, you must prove four basic elements. These elements consist of
- BREACH OF DUTY
- DAMAGES (INJURY OR HARM DONE)
One of the reasons why an autopsy is important if you are thinking about suing for the wrongful death of your loved is that an autopsy can help clear up causation. Causation is generally a hotly contested issue in these cases and without an autopsy it can be a challenge to prove that the actions or in-actions of the treating doctor is what caused your loved one’s death.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY IN A LOVED ONE’S SUDDEN DEATH…
Learning how to protect your family when a loved one dies suddenly can give you the answers your family deserves. With that said, what if the hospital refuses to perform an autopsy? What if the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner also declines to perform an autopsy?
What many people do not know is that you can pay to have a private autopsy done. A private pathologist can perform an autopsy for your family. You can go online and search for doctors who can help. Believe it or not, many people do not know that a family can pay for a private autopsy to be done.
DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
To speak with me further about questions surrounding your loved one’s death while in the care of a doctor, this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and give me a call. It costs nothing to call me, as I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I answer Maryland medical malpractice and wrongful death questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
Remember, understanding the importance of an autopsy can show you how to protect your family when a loved one dies suddenly in the care of a doctor.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Marcus Boston is a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who helps people navigate the Maryland childbirth injury and medical malpractice process to get money for their injuries caused by the carelessness of doctors and hospitals.