Wrongful Death As A Result Of Medical Malpractice
When a loved one dies from a preventable medical mistake, the loss suffered by the victim’s family can be devastating. According to the Institute of Medicine, up to 98,000 people die each year in hospitals due to medical malpractice.
The death of a family member can create a financial crisis on several different levels for surviving family members, especially if the family depended on the victim for income or any other kind of support. To find out if you have a viable wrongful death claim in the wake of medical malpractice, please call Duncan Firm for a free case review at 501-381-1703 today.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Case
After the death of your loved one, a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. Even if you long for the sort of justice that legal action can give you, you may feel that a wrongful death case is simply more trouble than it’s worth – especially since it cannot bring back your loved one.
Our experienced Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys understand how difficult the aftermath of a family member’s preventable death can be. We believe that a wrongful death case can help uncover the truth behind their passing, hold the negligent parties accountable, and bring your family closure in an important way. Wrongful death compensation can also relieve the immense financial burden your family maybe facing as a result of your loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Actions vs. Survivor Actions
Two different types of legal actions can arise when medical malpractice results in wrongful death:
- Wrongful death action – This action focuses on your family’s losses, making the argument that the doctor or hospital responsible for medical negligence should compensate the victim’s close or dependent family members for all losses associated with their preventable death.
- Survivor action – This action focuses on the victim, making the argument that the medical error caused your loved one undue pain and suffering before they died. Had they lived, they would have been able to sue the negligent doctor or hospital to recover compensation for their suffering. Since they cannot do so, the negligent party should pay damages to the victim’s estate.
In most situations, both actions are filed and pursued in the same lawsuit.
If your loved one has died because of medical malpractice in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, please contact the Duncan Firm online or call 501-381-1703 today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys. We can help your family pursue the justice your loved one deserves.