When someone suffers a serious injury in Alabama and elsewhere, whether in an automobile accident, a workplace incident or an accident at home, he or she likely relies on the hospital to properly assess and treat them. However, this does not always occur. In matters of a catastrophic accident, time is of the essence. This means that medical professionals may only have a short window to decide a course of action. When a patient is lost, their loved ones often have questions, wondering if the medical professional or the hospital was partially or entirely to blame for their death.
While deaths and injuries are a part of life and occur every day at hospitals throughout the nation, some of them may be preventable. In other words, they could have been prevented had the hospital not been negligent through the conduct of their medical professionals and staff.
While a civil action involving the wrongful death of an individual may focus on the medical professionals that treated them, one could hold the hospital liable as well. This may be simply due to the fact that they employ the negligent party; however, there are circumstances in which a hospital acted negligently independent of the conduct of a medical professional. For example, a hospital may be found negligent when it comes to their hiring and supervising practices, maintaining appropriate staffing levels, repairing equipment and overseeing medical care at the hospital.
Wrongful death action
A wrongful death action involving medical malpractice could occur in a wide range of situation. Thy could involve a misdiagnosis, mistakes in the prescribing or administering of medications, negligence in the care for a patient or surgical errors. This civil suit allows loved ones to seek compensation for losses such as medical bills, funeral costs, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, loss of income and other related damages.
The loss of a loved one is a challenging and emotional time to process and navigate. It can feel impossible to think about anything beyond the grief one is experiencing; however, it is imperative that the loved ones of the deceased fully understand the matter and what options they might have, such as filing a wrongful death action.