A wrongful death action is one where death has resulted from the actions, or inactions of another. Families of victims of fatal car accidents can file a wrongful death action, and the same is true for other types of accidents. One of the most complex types of case is a medical malpractice action. It can be difficult to convince a jury that a physician or other healthcare professional has caused more harm than good. Mistakes do happen and patients who are left worse off are entitled to recover damages. When medical malpractice causes a death, the stakes are even higher and the need to put your case in qualified hands is important.
Loved ones who have lost a family member to a wrongful death from medical malpractice are entitled to financial damages as follows:
- The loss of the love, affection and companionship of the family member.
- Shock, pain and grief.
- Funeral expenses.
- Punitive damages.
A claim for medical malpractice must be brought before the expiration of two years with special attention being given to the facts. In a wrongful death case the family must meet certain legal requirements in order to prosecute the case. Only certain family members are eligible to file a wrongful death case, and depending on who is left living in your family, the person with authority to sue is different in every case. When a wrongful death is due to an instance of medical malpractice, certain medical standards must be established in order to have a successful case. Establishing a breach of the standard of medical care is a key component to a medical malpractice case and requires careful investigation. In most cases expert opinion and testimony is needed, and having an understanding of the procedure involved is important. Developing the facts needed to establish the necessary elements takes time and experience. We focus on helping people hurt in all types of accidents to get the compensation they deserve. When you lose a loved one due to the negligent medical care of another, we understand the extra emotions that go along with that loss. And, while no amount of money is sufficient enough to bring back a deceased family member, pursuing those who caused the death provides the closure many families need.
If your loved one has suffered or died at the hands of medical professional, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC right away for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.