Patients place their trust in medical providers every day and that trust includes reliance that they will not be harmed by the medical care and treatment they receive. It can be devastating for both victims and families when that trust is violated which is why they need to be familiar with medical malpractice legal protections.
Medical malpractice can result in serious harm to victims, including fatalities. Wrongful death legal protections are a category of legal protections that can help surviving family members of loved ones who have been wrongfully killed. This can apply when a loved one has been killed because of medical negligence. A wrongful death legal claim can also help hold a negligent medical care provider accountable for the negligent harm they have caused.
A wrongful death claim can be brought for the benefit of surviving loved ones and can help them recover compensation for the financial challenges and emotional difficulties they may unexpectedly face after losing a loved one who may have gone in for a routine medical procedure. Damages surviving loved ones may recover can include:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of past and future wages and earning capacity
- Loss of support and services; and some other types of damages as well
Unexpectedly losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences families face. Medical malpractice and wrongful death can also be legally complex, and may involve the settlement process and insurance companies, which is why families should be aware of how legal protections can help them when they have suffered the wrongful loss of a loved one.