Wrongful Death And Baltimore Medical Mistakes
If you and your family are grieving over the wrongful death of a much loved family member, it may be in your best interest to enlist the help of a medical mistake lawyer Baltimore, MD families can rely on.
A wrongful death can occur under many circumstances and can either be accidental or on purpose. One example commonly seen is when a car accident occurs. Car accidents are usually just that, an accident. If one of the drivers is hit in a way that causes them to die, this is a wrongful death. Although wrongful death laws will vary depending on which state you are in, there are common issues that are found in most wrongful death suits:
- Deciding who will file the suit on behalf of the deceased.
- Determining who grants the person the right to file a lawsuit.
- Determining the types of damages to win in your case.
Step 1. Who Files the Lawsuit? When filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the person who files on behalf of the deceased plaintiff is typically a close relative. This can either be a spouse, a parent, or a child. This can also help when determining who would be the executor of the deceased person’s estate. In some cases, a state might have more leniency on who can file a wrongful death suit, and it could be a sibling or even a grandparent. A medical mistake lawyer who is licensed to practice in Baltimore and throughout MD can do this for you or on behalf of the family members who are filing a lawsuit.
Step 2. Who Grants Someone the Right to File? The representative of the deceased is usually appointed by the court after a trial or hearing. During the process. The proposed representative of the deceased is required to notify relatives or other people who were close to or supported by the deceased. The process is usually smooth unless someone objects and a hearing is needed to resolve it.
Step 3. Determining Damage For a Medical mistake Wrongful Death Case. The damages that can be recovered during a wrongful death case that was the result of medical mistake are typical. These might be:
- Lost earnings
- Medical bills
- Lost employment benefits, and
- Pain and suffering on behalf of the deceased
In addition to these, the plaintiff can also typically collect damages that are related to the funeral and burial costs, and family members who were supported by the deceased can collect damages for that loss of support.
A medical mistake lawyer who is familiar with Baltimore, MD hospitals, their insurance companies, and courts, often has an advantage when seeking compensation for a wrongful death.
When Is a Hospital Liable For a Wrongful Death?
There are many ways that a hospital can cause a wrongful death. The most common ways we see this are:
- Through the hospital’s own negligence when hiring employees, maintaining equipment, and managing the medical staff.
- Through the negligence of nurses, health care providers, and doctors at the hospital.
Most Common Types Of Hospital Negligence
The most common types of negligence seen at the hospital in wrongful death cases are:
- Surgical Errors
- Errors When Providing or Administering Medication
- Misdiagnosing Patients
If someone you love has died in a Baltimore, MD hospital, you may find it very helpful to have a medical mistake lawyer looking out for your and your family’s best interests.
How To Determine If You Should Sue the Hospital
Suing a hospital for a relative’s wrongful death is not a matter that you should take lightly. However, hospitals—and its staff—are legally liable when their negligence caused a patient’s wrongful death and they should be held accountable for their actions. If you have any further questions on filing a wrongful death claim due to medical mistake or if you would like to set up a consultation with an attorney from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., contact us any time of the day or night, any day of the year.