The surviving loved ones of a victim of a medical malpractice mistake may be scared, confused and unsure of what to do after losing their relative to a preventable error. Although medical malpractice may be the cause of the victim's demise, their death may offer their survivors an option for seeking compensation and the recovery of their damages: a wrongful death claim.
Texas medical professionals carry a heavy responsibility. They are tasked with diagnosing and treating a seemingly countless number of injuries and illnesses. When those medical conditions are serious, any misstep by a doctor or nurse can lead to severe consequences for a patient. In the worst cases, a patient can die as a result of medical error.
The Texas legal process to impose liability for medical malpractice can seem labyrinthine. There are a number of rules, and legal strategies may require additional steps throughout all stages of a lawsuit. Although, it may be tempting to rush through the process, doing so could negatively impact one's claim and, thus, his or her ability to recover compensation. Therefore, those pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit need to ensure they are taking the legal steps necessary to build a strong case.
When an individual is injured by the negligence of a medical professional, the damages can be quite extensive. A medical malpractice victim may suffer serious physical and emotional pain and suffering and the financial losses can be ruinous. In cases where hospital negligence results in death, the extent of these damages can increase exponentially for surviving family members. Although a wrongful death lawsuit may prove beneficial in helping surviving family members recover compensation for their damages, the legal process involved in a successful claim can be quite challenging and sometimes burdensome.
There are a number of medical conditions that pose such a threat that medical researchers have studied them extensively. As a result, many of these conditions can be effectively treated, sometimes even completely remedied, which, in some cases, can save an individual's life.
There is nothing easy about suddenly and unexpectedly losing a loved one. The deceased individual's loved ones can face significant hardship after the passing, both emotionally and financially speaking. Although a wrongful death lawsuit may succeed, bringing a surviving family much needed compensation, the process can be fraught with legal complications.
When a serious medical condition befalls an individual, he or she often must turn to a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include surgery and medication. As we have often discussed on this blog, the success of these treatments is usually dependent upon accuracy and timeliness. Although surgical errors and instances of failure to diagnose may grab headlines, medication errors can be just as harmful to unsuspecting patients.
The extent of harm caused by medical malpractice can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity. Some individuals are only hurt in a minor way, while others are left disabled or with what was once a treatable condition turned fatal. Families that lose a loved one to hospital negligence can face their own hardships. Perhaps the most debilitating is the emotional impact the loss may make.
Sometimes the simplest things can turn into the most complicated. In the medical field, this can spell tragedy. Although medical professionals take an oath to cause no harm to their patients, far too often their mistakes cause serious injuries and death. In the aftermath of one of these instances, victims and their surviving family members can be left with an extensive amount of damages, which can be physical, emotional and financial in nature. Taking legal action may help alleviate these damages and impose accountability.
No matter the scenario, losing a loved one is an extremely painful experience. Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person — especially when the betrayed trust of a medical facility is involved — can magnify the emotional trauma even more. Unfortunately, there are many different types of situations that can lead to the wrongful death of a loved one.