What Happens When a Doctor’s Error Causes a Death?

If you’ve recently lost a loved one and you believe it was because of a mistake made by a doctor, you may be wondering what happens when a doctor’s error causes a death. The doctor can be held responsible for mistakes—but only under some circumstances.

Read on for more information.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is when a doctor or other healthcare provider causes the injury or death of a patient because of negligence. Not every mistake made by a doctor will be considered negligence, so it’s important to discuss your case with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer.

Negligence is when a doctor had a duty of care to his or her patient and failed to provide appropriate care given the situation.

Sometimes, patients die and there’s nothing the doctor could have done to prevent it. However, if a person died and the doctor should have reasonably been able to prevent the death, that’s when you will know medical negligence has occurred.

Damages in a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you can prove your medical negligence case, you can seek damages for the loss of your loved one. You may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Loss of your loved one’s income
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Speak with a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Now you understand what happens when a doctor’s error causes a death. If your loved one has been killed and you suspect it was because of medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your case.

An attorney with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo is ready to review your case for free and advise you on whether you should file a malpractice claim against the negligent medical practitioner. Contact us via the form below or by dialing 561-659-6366.