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Wrongful death protections for medical malpractice victims

Wrongful death legal protections are available when a family member or loved one has been killed because of the negligence of doctor, nurse, hospital or other medical care professional. These are important protections to be familiar with when a loved one has died because of a medical error.

A wrongful death claim for damages can help surviving family members with their emotional and financial damages suffered because of the unexpected loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice. Damages may include pain and suffering; medical and funeral expenses; loss of consortium and loss of companionship; lost prospect of inheritance; loss of past and future wages and earning capacity; and loss of support and services, as well as other damages depending on the circumstances.

A medical malpractice claim for damages may be made when a medical care professional provides medical care that falls below the accepted standard of care. If the medical care rendered below the standard of care resulted in the death of the victim, a wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members of the loved who may be coping with unthinkable emotional and financial challenges all at once.

Medical malpractice and wrongful death claims for damages can be complex which is why trained guidance through the process can be helpful. It is essential for family members who have wrongfully lost a loved one to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

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