Doctors hold patients’ lives in their hands. This means patients sometimes die when doctors make mistakes.

Has this happened to a loved one? Get in touch with a Chester County, Pennsylvania fatal medical mistakes lawyer if so. A member of our team at The Weitz Firm, LLC will review your case and determine whether you have grounds to seek financial compensation for your losses.


Research from Johns Hopkins indicates fatal medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Different studies arrive at different conclusions regarding the average number of Americans who die as a result of fatal medical mistakes every year. Some studies estimate fatal medical mistakes account for approximately 250,000 deaths in our country annually. Others indicate the number may be as high as 400,000.

Fatal medical errors can take a number of forms. They include the following:

Deaths related to medical treatment can also occur when patients encounter hazards at healthcare facilities. For example, a patient who is very ill or injured could lose their life in a falling accident at a hospital if they were to slip on a spill, trip over an obstruction, fall from a bed, or be dropped by members of the hospital staff.


Pennsylvania law allows the personal representative of the deceased’s estate (aka the executor of their estate) to take legal action in a wrongful death case. Beneficiaries of the deceased also have the right to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of themselves and all other beneficiaries if the personal representative of the deceased’s estate does not file a claim within six months of a death.

Parties who typically file wrongful death lawsuits in these circumstances include the deceased’s:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Other surviving family members who were beneficiaries

Those filing wrongful death claims when a person has lost their life as a result of a fatal medical mistake can seek compensation for such losses as:

  • Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical care expenses
  • Estate administration costs
  • Loss of the deceased’s wages and benefits that they would have been likely to have earned if they had lived
  • Loss of the deceased’s companionship, household services, etc.

Assigning a dollar value to some of these losses can be challenging if you lack the proper experience. This is one of many reasons to coordinate with a Chester County fatal medical mistakes law firm when filing a claim or lawsuit. Our experts can account for all your compensable losses to determine how much compensation you may be owed.

A qualified Chester County fatal medical mistakes attorney can also investigate your case to gather evidence of negligence. Although a lawyer cannot promise you will settle for a specific amount of money, if the insurance company’s offers are too low, we will negotiate for a more appropriate settlement on your behalf.


No one can replace a lost loved one. However, a dedicated Chester County fatal medical errors lawyer at The Weitz Firm, LLC can help you pursue the compensation for which you are eligible if a loved one has passed away because medical professionals were careless. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 267-587-6240.

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