Losing a loved one is already a difficult time for you and your family. You may be grieving and worried about the costs of their funeral, not about the circumstances of their death. However, you may now be concerned about the details of the claim, and now you’re worried the doctor may have made a deadly mistake.
If you suspect the doctor caused your loved one’s fatal injury, you may need to talk to a lawyer about medical malpractice. They can help you get compensation when you’re lost and struggling to deal with the death of your loved one.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death Caused by a Doctor?
One of the main differences you may be dealing with, between a wrongful death claim and a medical malpractice claim, is who can sue for the injury or illness. In a typical medical malpractice situation, the injured party would sue. But, your loved one has passed away, and they’re unable to seek justice, so that falls to the family instead.
Typically, the family member who sues must be a member of the immediate family. This varies between states, but usually the spouse or children take top priority in a wrongful death claim.
Requesting an Autopsy
In some cases, you may be concerned or suspicious about how your loved one died. They may have passed away during a routine procedure, for example, and you want to know why.
Often, if the family suspects the doctor made a mistake, they can seek out an autopsy for their loved one. This often is not performed at the hospital where the person passed away. The deceased may instead be sent to another center for answers about your loved one’s cause of death.
You May Not Have Much Time
Keep in mind you may not have as much time for a medical malpractice claim as you would normally. If your loved one was hurt by a driver, for example, or a defective product, you may have a few years to file a claim.
Medical malpractice claims often have much shorter time limits than other personal injury claims. You may have as little as a few months to file a lawsuit. When you’re also mourning a loved one, that’s tough, so you may need a little help from an attorney.
Get Help for Your Family’s Medical Malpractice Claim
You may not have been physically harmed, but knowing a family member suffered can be difficult on you and your family. You may have trouble getting compensated, too, especially if you’re trying to grieve and investigate your claim.
You don’t have to do it alone, though. There are lawyers who can help you seek the compensation your family needs when you’ve lost someone to medical negligence. It can be tough to recover from your losses, but your lawyer has the right tools for the job.