No I don't think you have a case here as you don't have any real damages. If the commercial is upsetting and offensive to you and you think that it is inappropriate then contact your state bar association and make a complaint. Sorry this upset you. Having surgery is scary enough as it is!
If you don't like the slime oozing out of your TV set, turn off the TV. But suing a law firm because their commercial seeking to attract those whose loved one suffered a wrongful death made you opt out of surgery? Not a chance. Every surgery carries risks, and the risk that you will die is one of those risks.
Not legal advice as I don't practice law in Maryland or hold licensure there. It's just my two cents on the facts you describe based on knowledge of general principles of law. If you need legal advice, consult Maryland counsel. I practice in Vermont ONLY.
No. Unfortunately while this commercial upsets you, you have no damages. Any concerns you have about an upcoming surgery should be addressed with your doctor.
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Generally, the First Amendment protects commercial speech. Commercial speech loses its protection if it concerns illegal activity or is misleading.. See, Central Hudson Gas & Elec. v. Public Service Comm'n of NY, 447 U.S. 557 (1980).
Though the ad upset you, there is no indication that the commercial is unprotected under the First Amendment. However, you can call the television station, the law firm, or Bar Grievance and voice your concerns.
If you have a problem with the advertisement, contact the firm and let them know that.You do not have any cause of action against them.
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