According to Martin Makary, M.D. with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, trailing just behind cancer and heart disease.
Similarly, a Journal of Patient Safety publication estimated an astounding 210,000 to 440,000 deaths annually in the United States due to health care provider negligence.
With as much good as there is in medicine, there is a significant amount of harm, often with catastrophic injuries to you or your loved ones. In cases of medical error induced injury, it is incumbent upon the patient through capable counsel to prove that the treatment provided breached applicable standards of care and proximately caused measurable harm. Resultant damages include pain and suffering, past and future lost wages as well as past and future medical expenses/services the injured party requires into the future.
In the unfortunate event that medical error results in loss of life, the potential recovery includes pain and suffering endured by the victim of medical error and loss of companionship by the victim’s surviving wrongful death beneficiaries. Wrongful death beneficiaries under Maryland law includes surviving parents, children, and spouse. Such death beneficiaries under some circumstances can seek the value of wages and services their loved one otherwise would have contributed to the household.
Ms. Donohue has extensive experience successfully litigating medical negligence claims of all complexities. Ms. Donohue commenced her career as a medical negligence defense attorney litigating medical error cases of all complexities and underlying subjects of medicine.
Believing that families and victims of medical error deserve compassion and justice, Ms. Donohue transitioned to a patient focused practice where she now exclusively represents injured parties and their families. Ms. Donohue’s unique experience of handling medical malpractice actions from both sides of the litigation spectrum allows her to stay one step ahead of her adversaries.
Ms. Donohue also dedicates time annually to testifying before the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates on legislation relevant to victims of medical negligence.