The loss of a loved one can have tremendous impacts on surviving family members. Not only do individuals face emotional turmoil, but a sudden death could leave New Jersey families with financial difficulties and other hardships. In the event that medical mistakes or negligence proves fatal, there may be reason for family members to seek compensation.
Negligent care can easily lead a sick patient to suffer additional complications. This type of situation affected a family in another state when a 32-year-old man went to a hospital for a severely swollen leg. He was taken to the critical care unit due to having a serious bacterial infection, but his family stated that he was then neglected and that his condition only continued to worsen. He also suffered from toxic shock syndrome.
Despite these issues, the hospital later discharged the man from its care. The next day, the family took him to a different hospital where he was also admitted to the critical care unit. Just days later, the man died as a result of his condition. The family has recently filed a lawsuit for negligence against the hospital where the man was initially treated.
When individuals take their loved ones for medical attention concerning serious health problems, they often hope to save them from death. Unfortunately, as this case shows, the negligent actions of hospital staff members could easily result in fatalities. If New Jersey families have lost loved ones in such a manner, they may find it helpful to consider their legal options for potentially pursuing medical malpractice claims against all parties believed culpable.
Source: lompocrecord.com, "Woman files wrongful death suit against Lompoc Valley Medical Center", Gina Kim, May 26, 2018