Challenging Hospitals in a Wrongful Death Case

05/13/2014 // Jonathan C. Reiter (Press Release) // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is something that no one is ever prepared to face. When a person suffers a wrongful death, or dies due to the negligence of someone else, their loved ones’ grief is often deepened by feelings of anger over knowing that such a loss could have been prevented. Many may find it surprising to learn that a leading cause of wrongful death in the U.S. is medical negligence.

In hospitals across the country, numerous patients die as a result of medical negligence. In fact, some statistics estimate that hospital malpractice lead to tens of thousands of preventable deaths each year. Medical errors are said to be among the top five leading causes of death in the United States.

America’s Healthcare System is the Third Leading Cause of Death
“According to several research studies in the last decade, a total of 225,000 Americans per year have died as a result of their medical treatments… Thus, America’s healthcare-system-induced deaths are the third leading cause of the death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer.”

For more information about medical negligence as a leading cause of death in the U.S., please visit http://www.health-care-reform.net/causedeath.htm.

No one ever expects that seeking treatment from a trusted medical provider will lead to injury. Sadly, this is a reality for numerous patients. There is recourse for family members of victims who died due to a fatal medical mistake, however, by holding hospitals or other care providers accountable for their actions.

Filing a wrongful death case against a hospital is an option for surviving relatives of patients who died as a result of a hospital’s egregious error. Challenging hospitals in these matters can be difficult, and won’t replace the loss of a loved one, but it can provide some measure of consolation for those faced with mounting financial damages caused by their loss.

New York medical malpractice attorneys can help victims with valid wrongful death actions obtain fair recovery. Laws in the state allow victims to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and other economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic Damages Under New York Wrongful Death Statute
“Under our system of laws, wrongful death is a civil wrong (tort), which is remedied by the courts with payment of compensation (damages). The intention of the guilty party’s payment to the decedent’s distributees is to right the wrong sustained.”

For more information about economic damages under the New York wrongful death statute, please visit http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/2006/606/essentials/p50.htm.

The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter is available to help those who have questions about their legal options pertaining to a New York wrongful death case. Individuals may contact the firm today for a free case review.

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