Spouses eligible to file medical malpractice in cases of death

Negligent actions or acts of omission on the part of professional care providers can lead to illness, injury or even death. In Florida and all other states, medical malpractice causing serious injury or death is considered a legitimate ground for filing a civil lawsuit in court. A woman who lost her husband after a motorcycle accident in another state has recently filed such a claim.

The incident took place in Nov. 2011. The man was said to be suffering chest pains and abdominal discomfort when first responders arrived at the scene of the motorcycle crash. When the victim was finally transported to the hospital for care, his condition was already declining.

As a surviving immediate family member, the man’s widow has filed a suit claiming that her husband’s death was caused by medical personnel’s failure to act expeditiously as well as their failure to perform needed physical care before or en route to the hospital. She contends that an autopsy showed a pool of blood due to a broken collarbone, which led to artery damage in her husband’s shoulder. The claim asserts that, if the medical staff had acted faster and performed the appropriate care, her husband’s life might have been saved.

If a Florida resident were to become ill or injured due to the negligence or error of medical staff, he or she may file a legal claim in a civil court. The spouse or immediate family member of someone whose death was caused by medical malpractice may also pursue monetary relief. An attorney with experience in handling medical malpractice litigation would be able to evaluate the case and provide guidance and support. In addition to loss of wages, funeral expenses and additional financial damages are properly included in a claim for compensation.

Sourcelouisianarecord.com, “Widow of motorcyclist who died from accident injuries claims medical malpractice“, Kyle Barnett, Feb. 26, 2015