Wrongful death legal protections are helpful in circumstances of medical malpractice when families have suffered the unthinkable and have lost a family member to medical malpractice. Wrongful death legal protections can help surviving family members with their emotional and financial losses when they have lost their loved one.
The different types of damages surviving family members may be able to recover through a wrongful death claim include compensation for medical bills and funeral costs, loss of consortium, lost of earning capacity and past and future wages, loss of support and services and some other types of damages that may also be available depending on the circumstances. The damages family members may be able to recover are intended to help them with their losses and through a difficult time following the unexpected loss of a loved one due to medical negligence.
Wrongful death legal protections are available in a variety of circumstances when a loved one is wrongfully killed because of the negligence of another party, including in circumstances of medical malpractice. When a medical professional has provided negligent care and it has resulted in a worsened condition, disease progression beyond what would normally be expected had the medical condition been properly treated or died as a result of the negligent medical care, the medical care provider or medical care facility, depending on the circumstances, may be liable for the harm suffered by the victim.
A wrongful death medical malpractice claim can be complex and may involve experts, insurance companies and the settlement process which is why family members should be prepared for what to expect. A wrongful death claim is an important legal remedy for anyone facing the unexpected and wrongful loss of a loved one.