Frederick County Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Baltimore Sun reports that Frederick County reached a $300,000 settlement in the death of a fireman who died of heatstroke in 2002 while training for a full-time position with Frederick County. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county after the 23-year-old died, contending that Frederick County was responsible for the death because identifying the man heatstroke symptoms.

Frederick County Wrongful Death Verdicts and Settlements

Our law firm handles wrongful death cases in Frederick.  Here are relatively recent wrongful death cases in Frederick County and their verdict or settlement. 

YEAR / STATE

CASE / INJURY SUMMARY

RESULT

2018 – Frederick County

A 34-year-old man with chest pain and shortness of breath visited a primary care practice. The electrocardiogram was abnormal. He then underwent a CT scan. The man was told to see a cardiologist if his symptoms failed to resolve. Two days later, he died. His autopsy revealed coronary artery disease and several heart attacks. His family alleged the primary care practice’s negligence caused his death. They claimed his symptoms should have necessitated an emergency room visit rather than a cardiologist referral. The defense denied liability. They argued that his symptoms did not suggest a heart attack because of his age. The Frederick County jury awarded the family $700,000.

$700,000 – Verdict

2018 – Frederick County

A man with Down Syndrome was restrained by Frederick County sheriff’s deputies in a movie theater. He suffocated to death as a result. The man’s parents alleged that the sheriff’s deputies use of excessive force caused his death. This case settled for $1,900,000.

$1,900,000 – Settlement

2017 – Frederick County

Two helicopter passengers died in a mid-air collision with an airplane. Their families alleged that the air traffic controller’s failure to properly space the two aircraft resulted in their deaths. The air traffic controller’s employer denied liability. They argued that the airplane pilot’s failure to maintain an appropriate altitude was the collision’s sole cause. The Frederick County jury awarded $5,066,558 to one family and $11,554,500 to the other.

$16,621,058 – Verdict

2013 – Frederick County

A man was struck. He was ejected and landed on his vehicle’s roof. The man died from his injuries. His family alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused his death. They also made a vicarious liability claim against their employer. This case settled for $1,000,000.

$1,000,000 – Settlement

2013 – Frederick County

A woman came under a physician’s care after fracturing her spine. She underwent a CT angiogram. The radiologist discovered T9 and T10 fractures. However, he failed to inform the woman of these results. Several days later, the woman experienced no feeling below the waist and lost motor function. She subsequently died from a staph infection. The woman’s family alleged that the physicians’ negligence caused her death. She claimed the two failed to timely treat her spinal fractures and order her to be immobilized. The Frederick County jury awarded her family a $1,341,000 verdict.

$1,341,000 – Verdict