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.
People who are hospitalized understandably expect that they will receive top-notch care regardless of outside influences. Ideally, medical professionals should behave identically when they are working without scrutiny of job performance as when they are being inspected by regulatory agencies. However, a recent study revealed that there were fewer deaths in hospitals during weeks in which accreditation inspectors were on site than at other times. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one after a worsened medical condition due to what they perceive was a medical mistake or negligence should be aware of this finding.
The unfortunate reality of people dying after undergoing a surgical procedure is something that happens all too frequently in Texas and across the United States. It is not unusual for there to be fatal complications following surgery, but this is hammered home when there is a famous or noteworthy person who has it happen to them. Regardless of who it is, it is important for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one after a surgical procedure or during what is believed to be a routine medical issue to understand their rights to have a full investigation and seek compensation in a lawsuit.
Texans who are having medical issues that require a stay in the hospital and a surgical procedure will undoubtedly feel a certain amount of fear and trepidation as to what is going to happen to them. The same holds true for their family members. However, they will generally trust their medical professionals. It is a natural reaction for a person to trust a doctor when a diagnosis is given, but this does not mean that the decision made is the right one and that the procedure will go as planned. When there is an unexpected complication that leads to death, those who were affected need to understand how to have a full investigation done to determine whether a wrongful death lawsuit should be filed for compensation.