Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but when they pass away unexpectedly because of a negligent act of another individual, it makes the pain and heartache worse. Although an attorney cannot bring a loved one back, they can help to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. A wrongful death lawyer in Queens County, NY will represent surviving family members who lost their loved one to a personal injury or medical malpractice incident.
A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury claim except that a parent, child, spouse or personal representative will file a claim on behalf of the loved one. Compensation could include pain, suffering, loss of companionship, loss of wages, medical bills, and much more. Depending on the situation, money might be distributed directly into the estate, or surviving family members may receive the funds directly.
Although medical treatment usually results in no complications, there are medical errors made that can cause death. Some examples of medical malpractice include medication errors, surgical errors, failure to diagnose, and general improper procedure. Medical malpractice claims can be difficult to win if an experienced attorney isn’t hired to represent the surviving family members.
To win a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit, the attorney will have to show that a duty was owed to the patient by the healthcare provider. The attorney must prove the healthcare provider breached that duty and the death was a result of that mistake. There is a limited time to file a wrongful death claim for medical malpractice, so it’s important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
There are many ways individuals lose their lives from personal injuries including automobile accidents, truck accidents, and faulty products. These types of cases aren’t as difficult as a medical malpractice claim to prove, and an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Queens County, NY will know exactly how to handle every case.
The Law Office of Steven R. Smith knows that every situation is different and will work closely with the family members to hold the guilty party accountable. Click here for more information.