Wrongful Death From Medical Malpractice: What can I expect?
January 25th, 2018 by Patrick Hogan
Medical malpractice that results in the death of a loved one is more common than you may think. If it wasn’t common then doctors would not be required to carry malpractice insurance. The thought of going up against a large Medical Center or hospital can be scary but the right attorney can and will help lessen the burden.
When should I consult an attorney?
If you suspect malpractice then you should consult with a professional immediately. California Code of Civil Procedure 340.5 states that a suit must be filed within one year of the discovery of potential malpractice. The statute of limitations are rather short for these types of cases, so time will be working against you.
Who can file a malpractice claim in California?
- Anyone who was financially dependent upon the deceased
- The spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
- Children and parents of the deceased
- Grandparents or any other lineal descendants of the deceased
How much financial compensation will I receive?
This varies from case to case and only an attorney with experience in wrongful death suits can accurately answer this question. California law allows for you to sue for numerous forms of monetary compensation as named below (this list is not all inclusive)
- Medical bills – past and present
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Projected future loss of potential earnings
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, and moral support
- All other appropriate damages under California law
If malpractice or negligence of a healthcare professional resulted in the loss of a loved one, our California attorneys can help get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.
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