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What to do when a loved one dies due to medical malpractice

| Mar 15, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when the person’s death is due to medical malpractice, the pain can be unbearable. Additionally, the expenses involved in treatment can be astronomical. Pennsylvania family members left behind may seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit in the event it was caused by medical malpractice.

Wrongful death and medical malpractice

A wrongful death happens when a person dies due to the intentional or negligent actions of another party. This can include car accidents, murder, industry accidents, assaults, and product defects, for example.

Medical malpractice includes harm that was caused by medical professionals whose care was not up to par with standards. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical error, medication mistakes and improper prenatal care that injures the infant or mother.

Because medical malpractice can cause death, a wrongful death lawsuit. Both civil and criminal charges can be filed, and a compassionate, caring personal injury attorney can be a great asset during this stressful time.

Wrongful death lawsuit

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you must file the case within the two years following the death of the loved one. In Pennsylvania, the right of action, or the one who can file the lawsuit, belongs to the spouse, children or parents of the deceased.

In many cases, the plaintiff may receive reimbursement for nursing home care, hospital stays, funeral arrangements and medical care. In addition to other damages, the plaintiff may also receive funds for the handling of the estate of the deceased.

When death can be prevented

Upon the realization that a loved one’s death was due to negligence or even intention, you may feel angry and lost. Consider speaking to a personal injury attorney to assist you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation can not ease the pain of your loss, but it can help cover the expenses associated with it.