When a loved one has an injury or a medical issue, you count on healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat them appropriately. The right care and a timely diagnosis can be the difference between someone surviving and dying.
Unfortunately, many medical professionals fail to meet basic standards in the care that they provide their patients. In the United States, medical malpractice is currently the third leading cause of death. Mistakes made in the treatment of a patient or the failure to diagnose them can directly cause a family’s loss.
What options will your family have if mistakes or negligence by medical professionals directly caused your loved one’s death?
You may have grounds for a wrongful death claim
Nevada state law allows family members to request wrongful death compensation if the negligence or misconduct of another person or a business causes the death of a family member. Proving that your situation meets the criteria for a wrongful death claim can be straightforward in some cases of medical malpractice.
There might be hospital documentation about a mistake that a nurse made with a drug or clear evidence of a surgical error. Other times, it may only be after an autopsy or review of someone’s medical records by another doctor that a grieving family confirms that medical malpractice is what caused their loss. Once you determine that you have grounds for a claim, you will then have to qualify the financial impact of the death on your family.
Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can be an opportunity for your family to seek compensation and justice for a recent loss.