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Many Baltimore area residents are fortunate to have found the love of their life. These couples often depend upon each other for emotional and financial support, among other things. Accordingly, the loss of a spouse or loved one can be tragic and life-changing, particularly when that death is caused suddenly by another person's actions.

This, unfortunately, can be the case when mistakes are made by a doctor in providing medical care. Even the slightest doctor error can have profound consequences, leading to severe injury or even the death of the patient.

For instance, one woman recently brought a medical malpractice case for the death of her husband. The man had been diagnosed with a condition where his body began to destroy its red blood cells, called autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The commonly known treatment for this condition is a blood transfusion and steroid treatment. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Instead, the man did not receive enough blood to stabilize his condition, causing him to go into cardiac arrest. The case was brought after the man's death, and resulted in a jury verdict in favor of the widow for $1.6 million, which was believed to be one of the largest in the county where it was brought.

This case illustrates how fragile life can be, and how important it is to hold doctors and hospitals accountable when they provide negligent care. While no amount of money can bring back a person's loved one, an award of damages can be a vital part of recouping the lost financial support the loved one would have otherwise provided in life, as well as helping pay off unexpected medical expenses that have accrued.

Source: Journal Star, "Widow, children win malpractice suit," Andy Kravetz, Mar. 31, 2014

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