Wrongful Deaths Caused by Medical Malpractice
How Does a Wrongful Death Action Work in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Unfortunately, thousands of people die every year due to medical malpractice. Losing a loved one can be absolutely overwhelming and it can be even more traumatic when your loved one dies due to medical malpractice. Often we trust that our family members are safe and secure when they are in the care of a knowledgeable physician, but that is not always the case. Doctors make mistakes all the time. We frequently hear on television and in the news about doctors who accidentally amputated the wrong leg, or botched a cosmetic surgery. But we rarely hear about the times that doctors actually kill their patients due to their negligence or carelessness.
Medical malpractice claims involving the death of a patient are incredibly complex. If you believe that your loved one has died due to medical malpractice, it is very important that you contact a qualified attorney to help your family through this process. Grossman Law Offices can help you work through this difficult time in your life and may be able to help your family receive compensation for your losses.
Who Receives Compensation for a Wrongful Death caused by Medical Malpractice?
When someone suffers an injury from medical malpractice, they may receive compensation from the doctor or their employer for their losses. For example, if your doctor negligently prescribed the wrong amount or type of medication and you became ill because of it, you might be entitled to compensation for any medical costs or hospital stay that you needed in response to your injury. Additionally, the doctor or hospital might be required to pay for any loss you have incurred from being unable to work while recovering. But what happens when the patient dies? Due to their death, they cannot personally recover for their losses. So who is allowed to bring a medical malpractice wrongful death claim?
Any close family member is allowed to bring a wrongful death claim. This might include husbands, wives, children, or parents. Furthermore, there are many non-traditional families who may also be able to bring a valid wrongful death claim. If your grandmother has died due to medical malpractice and she is your primary care giver, then you may be allowed to bring a wrongful death suit. Or if you are the legal guardian of your younger brother or sister and they tragically die due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. It is important to consult with our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices to determine whether you might have a valid wrongful death claim.
What Can Family Members Recover in Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Claims?
The most important issue with medical malpractice wrongful death claims is that family members cannot sue for the pain and suffering that the deceased family member endured. In a wrongful death medical malpractice claim, you are not suing for the loss that your deceased family member suffered; you are suing for the loss that you suffered as a result of your family member's death. Losses incurred due to you loved one's death may include loss of financial support due to loss of income, diminished quality of life, and loss of consortium.
The requirements for establishing these losses and proving that the doctor or their employer are responsible can be very complex and confusing for someone who does not regularly practice wrongful death cases. Furthermore, the lawyers representing the doctor and their employer will be very experienced in denying these claims. You need an experienced attorney who is familiar with the medical malpractice process and understands how to successfully help you receive the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have been practicing personal injury law for over 20 years and are very experienced in handling wrongful death claims arising from medical malpractice. If you think that you may have a valid wrongful death claim due to medical malpractice, contact Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-326-0000.
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