Wrongful death is any death that is a result of the negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or even accidental action by another individual or corporation.
As you can imagine, a broad range of human actions or errors may qualify for a wrongful death case. Dying in one’s sleep may not amount to a wrongful death claim. But let’s examine even that case.
Your friend goes to the Emergency Room of a local hospital. He is given three medications, which he begins taking as the doctor ordered. He dies in his sleep that night. If an investigation of the facts reveals that the patient should not have been prescribed those drugs or that all three should not have been administered simultaneously, his estate would have a good case.
There are many other examples of cases that deserve a wrongful death lawsuit. The next of kin of the deceased — wife, children, parents (the estate) — obtains monies awarded on wrongful death cases. Surprisingly, most people are not aware of the compensation that the family of the deceased could be granted in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you believe a loved one has died as a result of mistakes made by a hospital or a doctor, you should seek an experienced medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Our NY lawyers specialize in death cases, where we seek to maximize money damages for next of kin. Learn about your legal rights by calling our emergency hotline which is available 24 hours a day.