One of the greatest forms of sorrow comes from the death of a loved one, especially if the death could have been prevented. The knowledge that a loved one could have been saved becomes even more painful when the death was caused by a medical professional due to medical malpractice. We put our lives in the hands of medical staff, and we trust them with our loved ones. This is why wrongful death requires the intervention of the law. Read on to find out why.
What is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is when the death of a person during a medical procedure or treatment was caused by a medical mistake or error. This could occur during surgery, or it could even be the result of a failed diagnosis. Whatever the case, if a medical professional made a grave mistake that led to the death of a patient, they can be sued in a wrongful death case. During these cases, the plaintiff must prove medical malpractice, and must show how the malpractice led to a wrongful death.
Who Can Claim Damages for Wrongful Death?
In most cases, the closest family members to the deceased person in question will claim a wrongful death. This includes spouses, children and parents of the decedent. Areas of compensation can include: funeral costs, loss of emotional companionship, pre-death suffering, medical costs, loss of inheritance, loss of expected income, and loss of care or guidance. Also the Decedent has a claim that survives his/her death. This is known as a survivor action. An individual will be appointed as the Personal Representative of the Decedent’s estate and will bring the survivor claim on behalf of the Descendent.
If you or a loved one has been affected by wrongful death, call The Snyder Law Group today.
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