If your loved one has died because of medical malpractice, you would file a wrongful death claim against the doctor and their employer or the hospital where the negligence happened. If you can prove medical malpractice, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. How much depends on a number of factors.
The one thing about a medical malpractice case that could result in a higher payout is the fact that the doctor or hospital has a large malpractice insurance policy. While drivers may have coverage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, doctors could have coverage in the millions. While the damages may not be higher, the amount of money available to pay is.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
Beyond that, the usual personal injury rules of compensation apply. Wrongful death cases allow families to receive the following elements of compensation:
- The money that their loved one would have earned had they lived
- Compensation for the support that their family member would have provided
- Money for their own grief that they experienced from losing a family member
- Loss of consortium for the spouse
It is difficult to come up with a number and use it as the “average” payout since there is certainly nothing average about your own case. Everything depends on things like what your loved one earned and their role in your family. Families may receive more for the death of a younger person than they would for someone retired. Your attorney will present and explain the damages to which you are entitled during a claim or lawsuit.
South Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The McLendon Law Firm in Blakely is experienced in all aspects of medical malpractice cases. Contact us online or call us at 877-ROB-WINS to discuss the facts of your particular case.
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How long will my medical malpractice case take?
These are complex cases, and they often take longer than the average personal injury case.
What is the legal standard in a medical malpractice case?
You must show that the medical professional was negligent in order to recover.
Who can I sue in a medical malpractice case?
You can sue the medical professional and the practice or hospital where they worked.