Maryland Wrongful Death Malpractice Lawyers
OUR EXPERIENCEAt Spector & Kopec, we represent victims of medical malpractice, including wrongful death. Our lawyers each has over 20 years of experience in handling cases. We are listed in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine for medical malpractice, based on a vote of other lawyers.
We have handled many wrongful death cases. For example, we represented the family of a woman who died during placement of a heart filter at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. We obtained a verdict of $1.3 Million. You can read a newspaper article about the verdict on our results page of this website, and also see other examples of settlements and jury verdicts that we have obtained for clients.
WRONGFUL DEATH CASESWhen death is caused by medical negligence, there is a claim for wrongful death. It can occur in a variety of situations. It can happen when someone dies:
- • following a surgical procedure
- • following a failure to diagnose a condition
- • following neglect and failure to treat a condition.
In Maryland, the following persons have a wrongful death claim. The deceased person’s:
- • spouse
- • children (even if children are adults)
- • parents
Brothers and sisters of a deceased person do not have a wrongful death claim under Maryland law.
MONEY DAMAGESIn a wrongful death claim, the claimants can recover money damages for their pain and suffering from the loss of the deceased family member. Family members who relied on the deceased for financial support, such as spouse or minor children, can recover the income that the deceased would have made if he or she had not died, and money damages for household services that the deceased provided to the family. In addition, the personal representative of the estate of the deceased can recover for any pain and suffering that the deceased had before dying, and for any medical bills incurred.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)The following are questions that we are frequently asked about medical malpractice cases.
What Is Medical Malpractice?Medical malpractice is the failure of a doctor or hospital to treat a patient according to professional standards, and that failure results in injury or death of the patient. Doctors and hospitals have insurance for their errors, just like drivers have car insurance in case they don’t drive carefully and cause an accident.
What Went Wrong? The Doctor Won’t Tell Me. At Spector & Kopec, we hear this question from many clients. Unfortunately, when there is a bad medical outcome, many doctors don’t communicate with patients and their families. The good news is that we can get an answer to this question for you through medical research, review of the medical records, and consultation with expert doctors.
My Family Member Died. Should I Request An Autopsy? Yes! Sometimes an autopsy is required in order to obtain sufficient information to prove a medical malpractice case. There is no reason to not request one. If you are told that you cannot have one or that you have to pay for it, contact Spector & Kopec immediately.
When Do I Have To Sue? The time period to bring a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. There are different statutes of limitations for different claims. Contact Spector & Kopec today to find out when you have to sue.
What Will This Cost Me? At Spector & Kopec, we advance the expenses of the lawsuit. There is no cost to you unless we get a recovery for you. The initial consultation is free.
Do I Have To Get My Medical Records? Some lawyers will tell you to get your medical records and then call them back. This can be a costly and time consuming process. At Spector & Kopec, we will get your medical records and evaluate your claim.
What Types Of Medical Malpractice Are There? Medical malpractice can occur during any type of treatment or procedure. At Spector & Kopec, we have handled medical malpractice cases in numerous areas, including:
- • Birth Injury (Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s palsy)
- • Wrongful Death
- • Surgical Errors
- • Emergency Room Mistakes
- • Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- • Anesthesia Errors
- • Failure to Treat Blood Infections (Sepsis)
- • Infectious Diseases
- • Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clots)
- • Pediatric Malpractice
- • Medication Errors
What Compensation Can I Get? There are different types of damages that can apply, depending on the case. They include compensation for pain and suffering, past medical bills, future medical costs, and lost wages. Contact Spector & Kopec now to discuss your potential compensation.