Wrongful Death as a Result of Medical Malpractice
Holding Medical Professionals Responsible for Malpractice
We trust medical professionals in our most vulnerable times – during surgery, childbirth, when we are sick and need medication, and when we are facing a potentially life-changing diagnosis. Mistakes and oversights on their part can have fatal consequences. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States today. In the midst of their mourning, some families pursue legal action against the medical professional whose negligence caused their loved one’s death. Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, provides legal representation in wrongful death cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you have recently lost a loved one because of medical malpractice, please contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with our Spanish- and Russian-speaking attorneys.
Wrongful Death from Medical Malpractice
Simply because someone died while receiving medical care does not make the death “wrongful.” A wrongful death is one in which a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional deviated from the standard of care and acted negligently, recklessly, or otherwise wrongfully. Some common scenarios from which a wrongful death may arise are:
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim after Medical Malpractice:
Wrongful death claims are filed by relatives of the deceased (e.g., children, parents, siblings, or next of kin). For a death to be attributed to medical malpractice, the plaintiff must show that the defendant (the doctor, nurse, or other medical professional) acted in a negligent or deliberately wrongful manner that deviated from the standard of care. This requires the skill of an experienced attorney with access to expert witnesses to provide convincing testimony, and tools to collect evidence that supports the claim. Our medical malpractice attorneys will also ensure that the claim is filed within the statute of limitations; after this time limit expires, the surviving relatives are no longer able to pursue legal action.
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death from Medical Malpractice Case
If the judge finds in favor of the victim’s family, they are awarded financial damages to compensate them for their loss. This compensation will cover medical bills, funereal costs, and loss of income and future wages, and also account for the pain and suffering and mental anguish of the family. Our attorneys will fight to recover the maximum amount of compensation allowable under New Jersey and Pennsylvania law.
Learn More about Wrongful Death Cases
If you believe your loved one’s death was caused by medical malpractice, contact an attorney with a wealth of experience with wrongful death cases. Serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Vlasac & Shmaruk LLC, have been assisting families with wrongful death claims for many years.