Losing a loved one is always difficult, especially when it didn’t have to happen. When a person is sick or gets in a serious accident, they count on professional medical staff to take the appropriate steps to give them the care they need and to advise them in how to care for themselves to overcome their ailment. While at times there are limits to modern medicine and recovery is not possible, often taking the right precautions and pursuing the right treatment is literally the difference between life and deal. Unfortunately, many lives fall through the cracks, and as a result 1000,000 people die every year because of medical malpractice. This malpractice happens in many different ways including
Common Types of Malpractice That Cause Death
- Receiving the wrong medication or an improper dose
- Surgical errors
- Inadequate psychological care that leads to suicide
- Failure to diagnose a disease while it still can be treated successfully
In most cases, it is the family of the deceased that has the first inkling that something went wrong with the care of their loved one. They know that nothing can bring their family member back, but they are still suffering emotionally, and often financially because of their loss. This is when it’s time to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer.
A good malpractice attorney listens to the family member with a sympathetic ear, while making note of the concerns the family member has about the case. While in most cases that family member is not a medical expert, their insights serve as a foundation for what to look into while pursuing a wrongful death suit.
The attorney then works to solidify the case by
- Consulting with a physician and medical experts to determine the medical validity of the claim
- Reviewing the medical records of the deceased person
- Examining an autopsy report in cases where it is available
Because a medical malpractice suit, particularly one involving a wrongful death can make a big impact on a person’s medical career, it is important to build a strong case and determine that negligence actually occurred. These are the same reasons why it is important that that those cases are pursued when they are valid. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have a major responsibility to their patients, and their mistakes can come with a high price. While the magnitude of that responsibility encourages close attention to detail as they do their jobs, the possibility of a medical malpractice suit is one more thing that helps keep medical professionals on their toes and helps them to continue to heal people each day.
Financial Impact of a Loss
Each case is specific, however, and requires sensitivity and thorough examination. In addition to determining that there was negligence in a medical case, it is also important to reveal the financial impact of a loss. Some things that are examined are
- Medical bills
- Wages lost
- Household care expenses
- Future wage and care expenses
- Grief counseling
- Pain and suffering
Even the best settlement won’t ever replace a loved one who has passed away before their time due to negligence, but the knowledge that those involved are being held accountable as well as the financial relief granted can make a real impact on a family’s ability to move on. If you feel the loss of your loved one happened because of medical mistakes, contact a wrongful death medical malpractice attorney to discuss your concerns. You can reach us at (877) 776-1219 or complete our online form.