Any medical procedure comes with risks. Medical providers are required to let patients know about known risks before conducting procedures, but the reality is that most of us rely on some sort of medical care. We trust our health care professionals. Unfortunately, there are times when medical mistakes are made, and patients lose their lives. At The Weitz Firm, we are here to help if you need a Philadelphia fatal medical mistakes attorney by your side. If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of a doctor or another medical provider, we want to help you recover the closure and compensation you are entitled to.

How often the fatal medical errors occur?

Fatal medical errors occur more often than most people realize. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers say that as many as 250,000 people lose their lives each year due to preventable medical errors. Some studies say that this number reaches as many as 400,000 lives lost annually.

Fatal medical errors can occur in a wide variety of ways, but some of the most common causes of these incidents include the following:

Who can file a lawsuit in these medical malpractice situations?

In Pennsylvania, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate is responsible for filing wrongful death lawsuits. This person is sometimes referred to as the executor of the estate. However, in the event the personal representative of the deceased a state does not file a wrongful death claim within six months from the date of death, any of the beneficiaries of the deceased will be allowed to file a claim on behalf of all of the other beneficiaries.

In practice, some of the parties most likely to file a lawsuit in these cases will be the:

  • Spouse of the deceased
  • Children of the deceased
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Any other surviving family member who was a beneficiary of the deceased

Individuals in these situations may be entitled to various types of compensation. If the medical provider in question is found to have caused the deceased’s death, they may be ordered to pay damages to the deceased’s survivors or estate. This can include the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Hospital and medical expenses
  • Estate administration costs
  • Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned had they lived
  • The loss of the deceased’s household services, comfort, guidance, and companionship they would have provided had they lived

Call a Philadelphia fatal medical mistake attorney today

If you have lost somebody that you love due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional in or around the Philadelphia area, reach out to the team at The Weitz Firm for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have a track record of success when it comes to investigating complex medical malpractice claims throughout Pennsylvania. We have the resources necessary to handle every aspect of your claim, and we want to make sure that you and your family receive the closure and compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Philadelphia fatal medical mistakes attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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