What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death claim arises when an individual or business’s negligent, careless, or reckless conduct causes another’s death.
A doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical provider’s wrongful act may contribute to a patient’s death in a medical setting. A provider’s conduct is wrongful if it doesn’t adhere to the required standard of care. A wrongful death may also be due to a harmful and defective medical device used during your loved one’s treatment.
Related reading: Wrongful Death vs Survival Actions under Pennsylvania Law
How Common is Fatal Medical Malpractice?
There’s no way to know how many people have lost their lives due to medical malpractice. However, a Johns Hopkins study found more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to medical errors. These preventable medical errors make medical negligence the third leading cause of death.
Fatal medical malpractice may involve:
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, & delayed diagnosis
- Improper treatment plan
- Delayed treatment
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Prescription errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Inadequate monitoring
- Inadequate follow-up care.
How Atlee Hall helps grieving families
Our Lancaster wrongful death lawyers at Atlee Hall have helped grieving families that lost a loved one due to the negligence of another for many years. We understand how devastating it is for a loved one to never come home from the hospital and later learn it’s because of a medical mistake.
We’re here to help you hold negligent doctors and hospitals responsible for the harm they caused and to hope to prevent the same devastating injuries happen to another family in the community.
We have worked on complex and catastrophic medical malpractice cases since Atlee Hall first helped clients more than 40 years ago. We understand and are familiar with the process and requirements of undertaking these complex cases.
We will closely investigate the medical records internally with our well-trained staff. We will retain nationally recognized medical experts to support your case. And we will and fight for you and your family to receive justice. We strive to make medical care safer for everyone.
Do You Have a Wrongful Death Case?
Often times, although you might not have any medical training, something was just not done correctly. We often hear from clients “that is just didn’t feel like it was their time to go.”
Common complaints we hear include:
- The doctor or nurse was not listening or paying attention
- He/She was getting better and suddenly took a turn for the worse
- The doctor or nurse informed me of an error
- They took too long to run any tests
- We waited in the ER for so long
If you feel like the death of a loved one was caused by the negligence of another, we recommend contacting a wrongful death attorney in Lancaster, PA to investigate the case. We will thoroughly investigate to determine whether someone acted in a negligent manner.
We examine medical records with the assistance of experts in the field to determine if anyone failed to uphold the standard of care. If we are able to establish a violation of the standard of care through the medical records and input from medical experts, we can then move forward and file a case.
We will help give you time to heal and pick up the pieces, while we take on the burden of your claim to provide some justice and closure.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer for Help
If you believe your loved one’s death resulted from inadequate or inappropriate medical care, speak with our wrongful death attorneys right away. We have helped many families recover wrongful death compensation over the years. We will investigate your case, determine if there is evidence of medical malpractice, and, if appropriate, demand you receive fair compensation.