When a loved one has been killed in an accident, surviving family members may be left to cope with emotional losses and unexpected financial challenges. Recently in California, a group of siblings brought a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that a hospital and ambulance service negligently caused the death of their mother.
The lawsuit asserts that medical negligence resulted in the death of the woman because the medical professionals failed to exercise the standard of care that would be reasonably expected in similar circumstances. The family claims that the medical professionals failed to adequately respond to the severity of the situation the victim was in when treating her, which resulted in her death. The family is seeking compensation for damages including loss of companionship; loss of support and services; and funeral expenses.
There are a variety of circumstances in which medical malpractice can lead to death. Surviving family members often suffer physical, financial and emotional harm. Compensation for their damages may be available through a wrongful death lawsuit, which can be brought on behalf of surviving family members.
Patients seeking medical care and treatment can find themselves in a vulnerable position during a difficult and challenging time in their lives. Wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuits serve to hold negligent medical providers accountable, and provide compensation to surviving family members. Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex and challenging, however, and they are often aggressively defended by the defendants and their insurance companies. Grieving families may wish to consult a law firm that has experience handling medical malpractice cases.
Source: Northern California Record, “Heirs accuse medical practitioners of gross negligence,” Jenie Mallari-Torres, March 3, 2017