We expect hospitals to be safe places for people to recover and receive care. However, in some cases, hospitals can also be a place where negligent or wrongful behavior leads to the death of a patient.
When someone dies due to medical negligence, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the hospital. A wrongful death claim can provide financial compensation for the deceased’s loved ones, helping them cope with their loss.
What is wrongful death?
Under Section 41-2-1 of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated, a wrongful death is defined as a death “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another[.]”
In a hospital setting, there any many types of acts or omissions that can provide the basis for a wrongful death claim. If a hospital’s failure to meet professional standards of care in training or staffing levels and those failures caused or contributed your loved one’s death, then the hospital may be liable. Similarly, if surgical errors, neglect, medication errors, and the lack of infection prevention standards caused or contributed to your loved one’s untimely death, the hospital may be liable.
While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, holding a negligent hospital accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit may help ensure that the same mistake does not happen to another family. It can also help with unexpected expenses such as funeral costs, medical fees and the loss of income or services caused by your loved one’s absence.
If you believe medical negligence caused your loved one’s death, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, (505) 990-RICK (7425), to discuss the potential wrongful death claim.