Losing a child can often be a parent's worst nightmare. Though this unfortunate scenario can happen to anyone, including New Jersey residents, it can seem even more devastating when the death occurs due to medical negligence. In such events, surviving family may choose to look into their legal options in order to seek justice while they attempt to work through their grief.
One family in another state decided to take such action after the death of an 18-year-old girl. Reports stated that the civil trial associated with the family's wrongful death lawsuit recently started. The situation began in 2015 when the college student had gone to an emergency room due to exhibiting flu-like symptoms. After an examination by a doctor, the girl was sent home.
The teen died later that day after she was discovered unconscious in her dorm room. She had actually contracted meningitis, which the emergency room doctor failed to diagnose and subsequently treat. Due to believing that the medical staff was negligent in the treatment of the girl, her mother filed a lawsuit and is currently seeking $2 million in compensation.
When medical negligence leads to death, it can be difficult for family members to understand. The thought that a loved one could still be alive had proper steps been taken is heart-wrenching. If New Jersey residents have faced similar circumstances, they may wish to determine whether it could suit their situation to pursue legal action. Speaking with knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys could help them better understand their legal options.
Source: oregonlive.com, "UO meningitis wrongful death civil trial begins", Sept. 14, 2017