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Who are the beneficiaries of a wrongful death judgment?

If you have lost a sibling because of a medical mistake made at a New Mexico hospital, you may be wondering how the family will cover the resulting medical bills, the funeral expenses and the loss of income. At this time, your deceased loved one's personal representative may determine that it is best to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, the doctor and any other parties whose negligence played a part in the tragedy

Under-reported medical errors and wrongful death

From cancer to heart disease and traffic collisions, there are many reasons why people pass way. Sadly, medical errors are another major cause of death in the U.S. and it can be especially painful for the loved ones of those who pass on to know that their death should never have happened. Medical errors can result in a wrongful death in many different ways and it is essential for those who have lost a family member due to the mistakes of a medical professional to stand up for their rights and seek justice.

The emotional toll of wrongful death

When it comes to medical malpractice, some people focus on the extent of a patient's unnecessary suffering or the actions of a negligent medical professional. While these are very upsetting facets of malpractice, it is important to remember that there are many more ways in which malpractice upends lives. In fact, medical malpractice can shatter the lives of those who may have never been in the hospital where the wrongdoing occurred, such as the friends and loved ones of a patient who passed away at the hands of a negligent medical professional.

Wrongful death during childbirth

We have gone over all sorts of different ways in which people pass away in wrongful death cases. Sadly, some are particularly upsetting, such as the loss of a mother or her child during the delivery process. Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be even more challenging for families to accept that someone's negligent actions were responsible for an unnecessary death that never should have occurred. If you have lost someone you love due to wrongful death during childbirth, it is important for you to go over the details of what took place and consider the course of action that is best for you to take.

When a misdiagnosis proves fatal

People suffer at the hands of medical professionals in many ways and we have discussed a lot of them on this blog. From surgical errors to mistakes involving prescriptions, patients are seriously hurt and even lose their lives far too often because of this serious problem. Moreover, many people find their lives upended by misdiagnoses, which sometimes prove fatal and leave their families with an unbearable amount of loss as well as financial difficulties. Our New Mexico law office believes that people in Albuquerque and across the whole state who have suffered or seen their loved one suffer due to a misdiagnosis deserve justice.

How does the court determine wrongful death damages?

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one because of the careless or reckless actions of another person, you may be wondering how a New Mexico court would determine how much to award you. Of course, no amount of money can make up for the loss. However, there are many financial burdens associated with losing a family member, and the judge or jury will take these into consideration.

What you should know before filing a wrongful death lawsuit

After losing a loved one in New Mexico due to a medical error, you may be struggling to take care of the end-of-life responsibilities such as arranging the funeral and settling the estate. Even if you know someone else should be held liable for the loss, it may seem overwhelming to try to prove this in court. We at Curtis & Lucero have often assisted victims' families with the legal process of receiving compensation due to them so that they are not devastated by the financial consequences of another's mistake.

Anesthesia errors and wrongful death

When patients prepare for a surgical operation, there are a number of potential risks that may lie ahead, some of which are impossible to prevent. Tragically, there are also many mistakes that can occur as a direct result of a medical professional's carelessness. In Albuquerque and other cities in New Mexico, some of these mistakes prove fatal and leave families with lasting emotional pain, financial problems, and additional hardships. While wrongful death cases in medical settings take many forms, anesthesia errors are especially concerning.

The prevention of pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism, a complication of the condition of deep vein thrombosis, results from a blood clot forming in one part of the body and then traveling in the blood stream to a lung, blocking a lung artery. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health, the blood clot often starts in a leg before making its dangerous journey to the lung. As many New Mexico residents have experienced, the results can be devastating. There may be damage to the lung due to lack of blood flow, as well as to other organs in the body due to shortage of oxygen.

Fatal meningitis outbreak caused by lead pharmacy professional

Receiving medical treatment is a luxury of the modern world and one that has saved millions of lives in New Mexico. However, lack of attention, compassion or adherence to general protocols by any health care professional can prove detrimental and even deadly to recipients.

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