Medical malpractice is always an unfortunate event; however, when that malpractice results in the death of a patient, the financial and emotional loss experienced by the patient’s family can be overwhelming.
When patients die as a result of a doctor or other medical professional’s negligence, there are two claims allowed by law. First, the family may be able to hold the doctor or hospital responsible for wrongful death. This means that the patient’s family can bring a claim for the loss of their family member’s income and their companionship. If the patient experienced pain and suffering as a result of a doctor’s negligence before her death, the patient’s estate may also be able to sue for a survival action. This suit means that the patient will be compensated for the medical bills incurred, and the pain and suffering that was experienced before death while he or she was alive.
The Charleston medical malpractice lawyers of the Waggoner Law Firm are committed to helping families that have experienced the loss of a loved one. Families face serious financial problems due to medical expenses and the loss of their loved one’s income. While a lawsuit will not be able to correct the doctor’s mistake, or reduce a family’s grief, a lawsuit may be able to compensate for the financial burden and their loss of companionship.
Under South Carolina law, wrongful death suits can be filed by the immediate family members of the deceased: parents, spouses, and children. It is important to contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
If you think you negligent treatment by a doctor or other healthcare professional, caused the death of a loved one, contact the Charleston wrongful death attorneys at the Waggoner Law Firm. We have the experience to help evaluate the facts, and the law, and advise you on how to obtain the compensation allowed. Please contact us today at (843) 972-0426.
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