It is never an easy time when losing a loved one. When the death was preventable, the sense of loss can seem even more painful.
While it will never bring your loved one back, if the death was the fault of the negligent or reckless actions of another, a doctor, hospital, or nursing home for example, you may be able to seek damages through a wrongful death claim.
Compensation can at the very least can help families deal with the financial consequences of a preventable death in the family.
When a family member goes into the hospital, care facility, or nursing home, you expect them to receive the proper care. What you should not expect is to receive the news that they passed away due to preventable injuries or complications. Sadly, hospital patients do suffer life-threatening injuries due to the negligence of medical professionals.
Often, these cases are brought against medical institutions for avoidable deaths when a loved one is in their care. However, wrongful death lawsuits can be made against drivers in car accidents, employers, public authorities or other entities as well.
Successful wrongful death claims in New York can result in significant damages being awarded to the family of the deceased.
The courts may award compensation for:
Medical expenses prior to death
Pain and suffering prior to death
Loss of financial support and services to the family
Loss of future inheritance to the family
If you think a death of a loved one may have been preventable while under the care of others, or could have been avoidable, feel free to contact us by phone at 212-268-8200 to see if you may have a valid lawsuit.