According to U.S. News World Report, medical errors account for more than 250,000 deaths every year with up to 100,000 deaths occurring in a hospital setting. Healthcare facilities and professionals have a responsibility to treat patients to the best of their abilities. However, when negligent actions lead to wrongful death, healthcare professionals may be guilty of medical malpractice. If someone close to you has died as a result of a health care professional’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of Cardaro and Peek today to schedule a consultation.
Wrongful Death Statute
In Maryland, the Wrongful Death statute provides the closest surviving family member compensation due to the wrongful acts of a healthcare facility or a healthcare professional. A wrongful death lawsuit alleging medical malpractice requires proof of the following:
- The deceased patient was treated by a healthcare professional.
- The healthcare professional or facility was responsible for the deceased person’s care.
- The healthcare professional or facility failed to meet their duty of care.
- The death was caused by negligent treatment from the healthcare professional.
If death occurred while the deceased received medical care, it isn’t considered “wrongful death” until medical malpractice can be proven. If the medical professional failed to adhere to the standard of care called for in the circumstances, a wrongful death claim might be appropriate.
Who is Liable?
A doctor, nurse, or another medical professional can be held responsible for the wrongful death if their negligent actions directly caused the death of your loved one. However, if the hospital failed to properly vet their employee or neglected to outfit the facility with the necessary equipment, the entire facility may be liable for wrongful death. It’s important to contact the Law Offices of Cardaro and Peek as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers of Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn for more information.