It is an unfortunate fact that we lend ourselves to the care of doctors and mistakes are made. You may think that medical errors are unlikely in the medical workplace, but this is not always the case – in fact, they are becoming increasingly more common. Last year, they became the third-leading cause of deaths in the U.S. with over 250,000 lives claimed every year, which is more than stroke, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory disease. Some of the biggest issues that lead to these incidents are problems with communication and patients being handed from one department to the next. From misdiagnosis to missed diagnosis, anything can happen, and it could sadly cost another person’s life.
More About Medical Malpractice
So what is medical malpractice? These cases occur when a healthcare provider does not abide by the “standard of care” that is recommended for their practice. If any trained medical provider would have applied certain standards to a patient and your loved one’s doctor failed to do so, they deviated from the standard of care. If a death resulted from this, you may have a medical malpractice wrongful death suit on your hands. A claim exists when the negligence of a provider causes injury, damages, or death to a patient.
The truth is, many diseases or disorders are not diagnosed until it is too late. A patient gets handed down from one doctor to the next until they succumb to their disease that was not diagnosed properly. However, if your loved one died at the hands of a healthcare provider and you believe negligence was the cause, you want to speak to an attorney based on the facts of your case and stay within the statute of limitations so that you can be sure that you can actually bring a claim.
From Liability to Damages and More
Of course, a doctor isn’t the only person who could be held liable for a wrongful death suit when medical malpractice was at play. Some of the negligent parties could also include nurses, surgeons, midwives, and pharmacists your loved one also trusted with their care. When your loved one has died at the hands of one of these professionals, you may be able to bring a wrongful death case. These cases, with evidence, can be brought by a parent, child, or spouse – all immediate relatives of the loved one.
You may be able to claim certain damages in these cases, such as funeral or burial expenses, loss of financial support, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and more. The wrongful death case will be brought against the person who is known to be responsible for your loved one’s death. In most cases, you will be seeking monetary damages to pay for the mentioned expenses on your loved one’s behalf since they can’t file a claim themselves.
We understand these cases can be especially devastating for you and your family, which is why we stand by your side. We have experience in a variety of wrongful death cases and can work with you to help you and your loved ones get the compensation you deserve after the loss of a loved one close to you.
If your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of a healthcare professional and you need our help, turn to the McGuire Law Firm today. We are waiting to hear from you and get started today. Call us at 888-352-0624.