Baltimore Attorney Investigates Potential Medical Negligence Claims for Surviving Families
When a loved one dies during medical treatment, surgery, or from medication errors, families will likely be left in the dark regarding what happened and why. Hospitals and their insurance carriers do not want to admit mistakes or surgical errors occurred at their facility, so they may obscure the issue or even downright lie to families to protect their own bottom line. In a situation where a person died under suspicious circumstance in a hospital, what can family members do?
Wrongful death attorney Susan R. Green investigates situations where patients have died in hospitals and emergency rooms where the family suspects something went wrong. Not every death in a hospital or after surgery is medical malpractice. However, when a person dies unexpectedly in a hospital or during medical treatment, that may be reason to suspect something went wrong and to speak to a lawyer to investigate.
How Can a Lawyer Help a Family After a Loved One Died in a Hospital?
When a family member passes away, the surviving relatives will be consumed with grief, uncertainly and worry. They generally do not want to speak to a lawyer right away, but want to take the time to honor their loved one’s memory and properly grieve. This is understandable, but family members must be aware that the sooner they speak to a lawyer, the better the chances of uncovering the truth as to what occurred.
As stated above, hospitals and their insurance carriers have a vested interest in keeping medical mistakes and surgical errors that caused the death of a patient under a shroud of secrecy. In some cases, a doctor may wish to explain exactly what happened or admit a mistake was make, but the hospital and insurance company actively prevents him or her from doing so. This leaves a grieving family with little options.
A medical malpractice lawyer can investigate the incident by obtaining the medical records. A lawyer will do a first review of the records to see if there is anything suspicious. The lawyer can then have the records reviewed by expert witnesses that are trained in the same medical specialty as the doctor that headed the treatment or surgery. To file a medical malpractice case in Maryland, an affidavit by a medical expert must accompany any lawsuit, where the expert testifies under oath that in his or her opinion, medical malpractice occurred. In most cases, an autopsy of the deceased patient may also be necessary.
The process of investigating a potential wrongful death by medical malpractice is not easy on the surviving family. However, they owe it to themselves and their loved one to uncover the truth of what happened. If Susan R. Green believes medical negligence may have caused death, her law firm fronts the costs of the expert to further review the case. This means that families do not have to pay any money up front to learn more about what happened to their loved one. If the investigation concludes that no medical malpractice took place, the family will not be required to reimburse our law firm. Attorney fees and reimbursement for costs will only be paid at the conclusion of a successful case when a verdict or settlement is reached.
Maryland Attorney Susan R. Green has a Proven Record for Medical Malpractice Cases
Families whose loved one passed away under suspicious circumstances owe it to themselves to find out the truth of what happened. Even if there was no medical malpractice, learning this truth can offer families some sense of peace with the knowledge that they did everything possible to find out what happened out of respect for their loved one. If Susan and a medical expert believed a preventable medical mistake or surgical error was the cause of death, the family can move forward with a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit. This can provide money damages to the family, including reimbursement for medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as money for future lost income, benefits and more.
A medical malpractice lawsuit can never correct the injustice that occurred to your family member, but it can assist families in finding out the truth and having the money to help them move forward without a breadwinner they are dependent on. Baltimore attorney Susan R. Green offers free legal advice to surviving family members who want to discuss their loved one’s death in a hospital, operating room or ER. Contact Hardball Law at (410)494-7400 to schedule an appointment.