When hospitals, clinics, or other health care providers fail to provide services and treatments that are safe and appropriate for the patient’s condition, fatal consequences may result. Fatalities caused by medical malpractice may result in a wrongful death suit.
If someone you know has been harmed or killed because of an error made by a health care professional, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice lawsuits are often a plaintiff’s last resort when they feel that the hospital or health care provider did not provide safe and appropriate services for their condition. Medical malpractice involves proving negligence on the part of the health care professional or facility. These are mistakes that could have been avoided.
What is a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death suit is a type of legal action that may be filed by the family members or loved ones of an individual who died due to medical malpractice. Wrongful death suits are typically filed when health care providers fail to provide services or provided erroneous treatment. When these fatal consequences result from medical malpractice, they may qualify as a wrongful death suit.
These cases can be complex but some basic questions should be asked when determining if negligence was likely involved:
- Did the doctor fail to diagnose an illness early on and prescribe treatment?
- Were medical procedures performed without due diligence?
- Did the doctor prescribe the wrong medication?
- Is it possible that these tragic consequences could have been prevented with proper medical attention?
If one or more of the above answers was “yes,” then you may have a valid case.
It is important for those that are debating about filing a wrongful death or medical malpractice suit to ask themselves whether they would want another person going through what they are currently going through? If the answer is “no,” it may be time to discuss potential litigation options in New Mexico.