Attorney Bernard W. Smalley of Anapol Schwartz Addresses Major Issues in Wrongful Death Case

Recently, attorney Bernard Smalley from the personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss sat down with CNN to discuss his participation in a wrongful death case involving a 41-year-old woman who died in an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.

The woman died in November of 2009 after she overdosed on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor of the abortion clinic. The woman, who was a mother of four as well as a grandmother of one, was 19 weeks into her pregnancy. She received a referral from a medical clinic in Washington, D.C., and went to the West Philadelphia practice. According to Mr. Smalley, who represents the woman’s family, an unlicensed high school student gave the woman anesthesia, after receiving instructions from the doctor over the phone. When things went wrong, there was not equipment present to resuscitate her. Now, the doctor faces third-degree murder charges for the woman’s passing. The woman’s family has filed a lawsuit against the doctor seeking damages.

Mr. Smalley states, “These children have to grow up without their mother, you have a husband who is going to have to go on without his wife. There will be justice at the end of the day, but at what price? They’ve lost a loved one who can never come back.”

According to Mr. Smalley, 20 years ago he brought a similar case of negligence against the doctor, yet the man continued to practice. In addition to the woman’s wrongful death, the doctor also faces seven first-degree murder charges for the deaths of infants.

Wrongful death and medical negligence claims can be highly complex. However, an attorney with years of experience handling these types of cases has the legal resources and knowledge to gather appropriate evidence and build a strong case.

Bernard W. Smalley, Sr. has practiced law in Pennsylvania for over 30 years, and concentrates on helping those injured and family members of those killed because of medical negligence and other personal injury-related causes. To learn more about the many accomplishments of Mr. Smalley, and the successes of personal injury law firm Anapol Weiss, visit

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