Seeking Damages for Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
When someone dies as a result of medical malpractice, their family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent medial professional or hospital. A personal injury attorney can help hold negligent parties responsible.
Personal injury attorney Rocky Walton is one of fewer than 3% of personal injury trial law specialists in the state of Texas and is dedicated to getting clients the maximum compensation for their loved one's injuries. If you believe a loved one's death is grounds for a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit, contact our Arlington, TX law firm for a free consultation.
Medical Malpractice Can Lead to Wrongful Death
Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals are only human and mistakes can happen but when mistakes are due to negligence and cause a patient's death, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.
There are several ways medical malpractice may occur in Arlington and lead to a patient's death, such as:
- Misdiagnosis: A doctor may misdiagnosis a condition, causing proper treatment to be delayed which may ultimately lead to death. For example, misdiagnosing cancer could prevent a patient from getting lifesaving treatment.
- Surgical errors: Surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong patient or wrong organ or leaving medical instruments inside a patient, can sometimes lead to an avoidable death.
- Medication errors: Administering the wrong medications or dosage can have catastrophic consequences, including patient death.
- Delayed treatment during childbirth: When nurses or doctors ignore fetal signs of distress and delay treatment during childbirth they may cause the wrongful death of a baby.
Who Can File a Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Not any family member can file a lawsuit on behalf of someone who has died as a result of medical malpractice. Typically, the person who can file is the decedent's closest surviving relative. This may be the spouse, parent, or child of the deceased and excludes siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins.
What Types of Damages Can Be Collected?
The death of a loved one can leave a large void in a family as well as an immense financial burden from medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of income. Through a lawsuit, it may be possible to recover several different types of damages to help ease the financial strain of a loved one's death and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Some types of damages that may be collected in a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of comfort
- Other emotional damages
Schedule a Consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Rocky Walton
If you believe your family member's death was a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about what legal recourse is available to you, call (817) 429-4299 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Arlington personal injury attorney Rocky Walton.