Houston Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Attorney
We expect that healthcare professionals will use the utmost care in providing medical care to our loved ones. Unfortunately, our husbands, children, or parents can lose their lives due to the neglectful care. When healthcare professionals fail to meet the standard of care, their patients may pay with their life. Medical malpractice wrongful death cases happen too often.
Medical Malpractice that Can Lead to Wrongful Death
There are a number of different acts of medical negligence that can cost a patient their life. Doctors may not prescribe the right medication. They may ignore critical laboratory results, or may fail to diagnose a life-threatening illness. Whatever the cause may be, those responsible for medical malpractice wrongful death should be held accountable. Acts of medical malpractice that can lead to death include:
- Giving too much medication, prescribing the wrong medication, or the wrong mix of medications
- Failing to diagnose, or diagnosing a critical illness or condition too late, such as a stroke, or severe infection such as sepsis
- Failing to properly administer anesthesia or not monitoring a patient who is coming out of anesthesia
- Not using the medical tool of differential diagnosis
When a medical malpractice wrongful death occurs, the surviving spouse, children, and other dependents may be able to bring a lawsuit against the hospital and/or care provider.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
The loss of a loved one cannot be measured in dollars and cents. There is no amount of money that can replace your spouse. Money can’t end your grief. However, the loss of a spouse can cause a significant financial hardship. Wrongful death damages include:
- Lost wages that the decedent would have earned, and the loss of earning capacity of the decedent into the future.
- Each of us adds to our household in non-financial ways. For example, cleaning the house, and making household repairs. The lost household services provided by the decedent are also a measure of damages in a wrongful death action.
- The loss of love, companionship, and guidance that the decedent would have provided to their family had they lived.
- Mental anguish, pain and suffering of those left behind.
The cost of raising a family without help can be devastating. Seeking compensation from those responsible can help lessen this burden.
Hire a Houston Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Attorney
Chelsie King Garza understands that the loss of a loved one can be devastating. Losing someone can be especially when it is at the hands of the healthcare professionals who are supposed to care for your loved ones. Ms. Garza has years of experience handling medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. She will explain your legal rights during your free initial consultation.