• May
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Medical Malpractice Causing Wrongful Death

    It is More Common Than You Think

    Though it is common to be nervous about undergoing a medical procedure, most people make it through the process without injury and recover as their physician indicated that they would. But in situations where a physician, health care professional or medical facility are careless or negligent, the injuries that result can lead to a patient’s death. When a loved one has died as a result of healthcare’s negligence, they have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeing compensation for the losses that they have suffered, both economic and noneconomic. Wrongful death cases happen more often than you think, and if it happens to you, you can count on the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC to stand up for your rights and get you the justice you and your family deserve for the loss of your loved one.

    We all trust the medical community with our well-being. We are raised to believe that doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in general are universally dedicated to making us better and doing their utmost to heal and provide us with the healthiest life possible. But healthcare professionals can fall short of our expectations and the standards set by their peers, and when that happens, their patients suffer. When people die as a result of medical negligence or malpractice, it leaves more than just grief behind – it also leaves dependents. In some cases those left behind had previously relied on the deceased for support. In some cases they are left with not only their grief, but also overwhelming medical bills and household bills that they are simply unable to pay. Add to that the pain that they have suffered as a result of the unexpected, unnecessary loss of their loved one and you begin to understand the overwhelming damage that medical malpractice can do.

    There is a sizable difference between filing a medical malpractice claim on your own behalf and filing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one to medical malpractice. Patients who file medical malpractice lawsuits are suing the person with whom they have a contractual relationship to provide an expected level of care, but those who are the dependents of a person who has died due to medical malpractice seek compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death, and those damages can be economic and noneconomic. Both involve an accusation of negligence, but a wrongful death lawsuit draws a line between the negligence and the death, and seeks different damages.

    Only specific people can file wrongful death lawsuits – these include the children of the person who died, their parents, or the surviving spouse. If you have lost a loved one due to a healthcare provider failing to provide the appropriate duty of care and responsibility, the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr can help. Call us to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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