People in Charleston who have had a close family member pass away know how difficult it can be to deal with this kind of loss.The situation can be even worse if the death was due to some kind of sudden and unexpected event like a motor vehicle accident. Another source of far too many fatal accidents is medical malpractice.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that only heart disease and cancer kill more people in the United States each year than does medical malpractice. Payments for damages to victims and their families reaches into the billions of dollars annually. But medical malpractice cases that result in death are not easy to win. So how can a victim's surviving family members prove a wrongful death case involving medical negligence?
First, the potential plaintiffs need to determine what evidence is available to prove that the healthcare provider was negligent. At this point, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney may good a idea because they will know how to obtain the crucial medical records. In addition, the attorney will likely want to interview any family members about the deceased victim's condition and to get any other pertinent information.
Another important step in proving a medical malpractice claim is to get an opinion from experts in the particular field of medicine that is involved. The expert is often key to cases involving medical negligence. This is because unless the doctor or hospital admits fault, the case can come down to whether the expert is convincing about the medical mistake. Again, an experienced attorney will know how to choose the appropriate expert to help move the case forward.
Losing a loved one to a doctor's or hospital's mistake is an awful tragedy for any family to experience. Although it can be an uphill battle to hold the responsible parties legally accountable, people in this situation should at least understand how to begin that process.
Source: Forbes,"10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice," Demetrius Cheeks, Accessed on April 22, 2015