Wrongful Death: Medical Malpractice and What You Need to Know
Healthcare-related negligence has been implicated in thousands of patient deaths across the country, spawning medical malpractice lawsuits. The figures are startling, including tragic stories of misdiagnosis, surgical mistakes, and other forms of negligent care. If you believe your family has been impacted by wrongful death, medical malpractice attorneys at Bowles & Verna in Walnut Creek, CA, can help pursue restitution. We specialize in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
The sudden death of a close family member is emotionally devastating, and the shock waves can be far-reaching. With decades of experience, Bowles & Verna offers compassionate advice and results-oriented representation.
About Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
A physician or other caregiver may be guilty of malpractice when a patient is injured by any act (or omission) that deviates from accepted norms of practice. Medical malpractice can involve birth injuries, nursing home care, pharmaceutical prescriptions, and various forms of treatment administered to patients in a healthcare setting.
The sudden death of a close family member is emotionally devastating, and the shock waves can be far-reaching. With decades of experience, we offer compassionate advice and results-oriented representation.
Thousands of patients are catastrophically injured through malpractice, and some of these injuries prove fatal. The patient’s passing does not have to be immediate, but if death is ultimately the result of an incident of medical malpractice, it may be considered wrongful death.
Wrongful death is a legal term for fatal bodily injury brought about by another party’s negligent act or purposeful misconduct. For example, a negligence case where a physician overlooked a patient’s symptoms until her treatable cancer was discovered too late. Misdiagnosis and failure to treat cancer, heart attacks, and other dangerous conditions are among the most deadly forms of medical malpractice.
Lawsuits and Damages
Every state has different civil laws, but in California, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by any heir of the deceased. Most often they are brought by close family members who were financially dependent on the victim. In medical malpractice cases, California law places a cap on non-economic damages, and this applies to malpractice wrongful death cases as well.
In addition to a potential $250,000 award for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses, wrongful death victims are entitled to damages for financial losses, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost income, including future income the deceased would have been expected to earn
- The monetary value of household services
- Loss of anticipated financial support
At Bowles & Verna, we are unwaveringly thorough in our assessment of wrongful death damages for our clients, providing in-depth analysis of immediate and future losses. After decades spent working for victims and families, we fully understand the degree of loss and the long-term repercussions our clients experience.
Experience in the investigative process is also important in these cases, where substantiated evidence of malpractice is crucial. We employ the use of medical experts and other professionals, as needed.
Our firm is comprised of seasoned trial attorneys, not litigators who rush to settlement. We prepare persuasive cases to present to a courtroom jury. This aggressive preparation tends to inspire substantial settlement offers, and many cases do settle, but we are always more than ready to proceed to court.
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If you suspect your loved one may have lost his or her life because of medical malpractice, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.