How Does Wrongful Death Happen In Maryland?A Child Dependent On A Respirator Dies Tragically in MD

When a Maryland nurse violated a Patient Safety Rule - just didn't do her job of monitoring a patient, a child who was ventilator dependent died. This is called wrongful death.

In this Maryland medical malpractice case, the child had a genetic disorder that made it difficult to breathe on his own at times so he was provided with a home health nurse to monitor his condition. Her duties were to clean his tracheal tube, check to make sure his airway was clear, and make sure the ventilator was working properly when he needed supplemental oxygen. Those were the nurses responsibilities. Because she failed to fulfill her responsibilities, she was responsible and liable for the child's wrongful death.

Preventable Death in Maryland Is Considered Wrongful Death

But the health agency sent an inexperienced nurse, one who hadn't worked with ventilator-dependent children.  After cleaning the child, the nurse did not attach the ventilator monitor (an alarm would go off if the oxygen saturation fell below a certain level).  Then she left the child alone. The mother came home to find the nurse in the kitchen and her young child in respiratory distress. Despite CPR and being rushed to the hospital, the child tragically died.

If You Have Experienced The Tragedy Of Wrongful Death, Contact Our Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

The wrongful death of a child should never happen, but when it does happen the facility or practitioner who caused the death should be held responsible. That's why we represent families of children who have been hurt by the hospital or caregiving facility. The lawsuit will never bring their child back, but it's important to hold medical professionals responsible for their standard of care. If you have experienced wrongful death, contact our experienced wrongful death lawyers now at 202-393-3320.


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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