Finding a circuit court erred in declining to accept a man’s evidence that he was married to the decedent under Pennsylvania common law marriage, the Maryland Appellate Court recently reversed the dismissal of an underlying wrongful death action against a Johns Hopkins Medicine physician.

Thomas Zadnik claimed that Margaret Conway, was his wife under Pennsylvania common law, and she died in April 2017, due to colon cancer. Zadnik filed a wrongful death action on her behalf in Baltimore City Circuit Court against Johns Hopkins Medicine physician, Dr. Richard F. Ambinder, alleging that the doctor committed medical negligence while treating Conway, according to the opinion filed May 23.