When my mother died unexpectedly, I just couldn’t get what happened out of my head.
She went to the top heart doctor in Washington D.C. They claim that it takes only 90 minutes from the time you walk through emergency center doors to receive a heart catheterization. But our mother waited 19 hours, and by then it was too late.
Even though I knew I had a case, filing a medical malpractice suit for someone you love is not for the faint of heart. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. And that’s saying a lot.
The best decision I made in this process was contacting Schochor, Federico and Staton.
Everyone I came into contact with at SFS couldn’t have been more professional and sympathetic. They were all well aware of the pain and suffering this kind of stuff causes. Any time we needed to stop and take a breath during the trial, they were there. They were there in the trenches with us. And I can’t tell you how important that is when going through something like this.
Thank you Schochor, Federico and Staton.
When you have a child with a spinal cord injury, your life changes forever. Because of a medical error, our son will, for the rest of his life, have to worry about the little things, like how to get around and survive day-to-day—even after we’re no longer able to care for him.
After the medical accident, everything became twice as expensive, and insurance only covers so much. You have to worry about things like wheelchairs, making modifications to your house, buying special equipment, physical therapy, and so on.
Filing our medical malpractice claim was a grueling process. We started in 2003, and it wasn’t until 2008 that we were finally done. That’s five years of depositions, interviews, motions—it’s a process that consumed us for all that time.
Thankfully, we had the lawyers of Schochor, Federico and Staton on our side.
We first went to an attorney at a small firm, and he was the one who recommended we contact SFS. From the beginning, the entire SFS team was courteous, professional and supportive. They understood what we were going through, and did all they could to make the process as easy as possible for us.
What we appreciated most was that from the beginning, they gave us a realistic view of what we were up against, and what it would take to win. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have someone tell us the truth.
Throughout the long process, the SFS team kept us informed. Even when we moved across the country halfway through the process, we never felt like we were out of the loop. Most important, they fought hard for us every step of the way.
And the settlement they secured for us has gone a long way to help us provide the kind of quality of life we want to provide for our son, no matter what his disabilities.
In fact, the special swimming lessons we’re now able to afford helped him win the national junior disability championships. That’s the kind of thing we just can’t put a value on.
We really wanted some answers with regard to what happened to my mother. We finally got the answers—she was medically neglected, which resulted in her death. We can rest now knowing what happened to her.
The lawyers at Schochor, Federico and Staton took us step by step from the very beginning. They worked together as a team and were accessible to our family anytime we called and had questions.
Their level of respect, sincerity and knowledge is commendable. My advice to people in a similar situation is simply to not wait. Do not hesitate to call Schochor, Federico and Staton if you feel that medical malpractice may have occurred. They are very kind and genuine people who will guide you through the process and keep your best interests at heart.
When you are in a situation like I was—still suffering, still grieving—you want someone to pay attention and care. You want someone to be sympathetic to your cause.
I was treated very well by Schochor, Federico and Staton, and would recommend the firm to a friend or acquaintance. Through all phases of the case, my legal team explained each step—it was all very clear and concise. Each member of the team took a lot of time with my family and me. They were very professional and helped us all through a difficult time.
I do not wish this on anyone else, but if someone does have to go through something similar, there are a few things I would recommend.
First, I would tell them to keep notes when going though something at a hospital or with a doctor. Also, ask a lot of questions and, if the inevitable happens and someone passes away, seek legal counsel immediately. I would also seek legal advice if you think something has been mishandled.
I went out to try to justify my husband’s death and let the hospital know that what they did was a terrible thing. The jury verdict we received will never replace my husband or bring him back. But it has helped me come to terms with raising a son on my own.
My husband Mark and I cannot express enough how grateful we are to have found such a caring and helpful firm such as Schochor, Federico and Staton.
We were going through a very stressful case and you all made it so much easier and somewhat less painful, and for that we are thankful. The people at SFS could not possibly have been more helpful, honest, and empathetic.
Your firm got results in a very timely and professional way. Everyone who works there—from the front desk to anyone just walking by—are friendly and eager to help. They are all truly assets to you.
Thank you so very much! Maybe now we can have some closure.