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Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Standing, Damages, Doctor vs. Hospital Liability

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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This CLE course will guide medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in litigating wrongful death lawsuits stemming from medical malpractice. In addition to the typical standard of care and evidentiary issues, the panel will review the unique standing and damages issues at play in wrongful death cases.


Medical errors cause a quarter-million deaths per year, according to a 2016 Johns Hopkins study. This estimate ranks medical malpractice as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.

Counsel bringing or defending wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuits must understand the applicable state statutes, regulations, and established standards of care concerning hospital employees and doctors that may be liable for the underlying injury.

While wrongful death laws differ from state to state, several issues are common to all types of wrongful death cases, such as: (1) who can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased's estate, (2) how a person can get appointed to represent the estate, and (3) what types of damages are allowed in a wrongful death case.

Both hospitals and doctors can be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. In any given case, the responsible party depends on the specifics of the negligent act.

Listen as our authoritative panel of practitioners provides an overview of wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuits, including common wrongful death statutory provisions, discusses common injuries leading to death, covers how to determine the liable party, and reviews how to assess damages.



  1. Discussion of state statutes governing wrongful death claims
  2. Identifying liable parties
  3. Who has standing to bring the wrongful death claim
  4. Conducting discovery and recognizing the standard of care
  5. Assessing damages


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the key steps to develop or defend against a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit?
  • What are the unique issues of standing involved in wrongful death claims?
  • How are damages assessed in wrongful death claims?


Bonamarte, Michael
Michael F. Bonamarte, IV

Levin & Perconti

Mr. Bonamarte has been advocating for the rights of the elderly who have been abused and neglected in nursing homes for...  |  Read More

Bonezzi, William
William D. Bonezzi

Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co.

Mr. Bonezzi is a Shareholder as well as one of the founders of the firm. He has been a practicing attorney since 1973...  |  Read More

Pokiniewski, Stephen
Stephen J. Pokiniewski, Jr.

Anapol Weiss

Mr. Pokiniewski is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the American, Pennsylvania and...  |  Read More

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