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Jan 08

What is the Difference between Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice?

Posted by: Personal Injury Attorney  

What is the Difference between Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice?No one likes to believe that their physician can make mistakes. Yet each year, thousands of people are injured or even die due to mistakes that physicians and other healthcare staff make. When that happens, the victim or the surviving family are left wondering how to cover their expenses. Two types of lawsuits can be filed, depending on the facts of the case: medical malpractice or wrongful death.

 

Medical malpractice is defined as the negligence of a physician or healthcare provider that results in injury or death. Malpractice can cover a wide variety of medical mistakes, such as errors in prescribing medication, errors during surgery, errors during physical therapy, and a wide variety of other situations.

Wrongful death, on the other hand, applies when a patient dies because of the negligence of someone else. Although the negligence does not have to be of a medical nature, the family of a victim who dies as a result of medical malpractice can choose to seek damages by suing the physician or responsible party for wrongful death. If the victim did not die, however, the victim can only seek damages in a medical malpractice case.

When you experience a loss in your family that resulted from medical malpractice, or if you were injured as the result of medical malpractice, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Farhad Hamdam, Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, can help you decide whether a medical negligence or a wrongful death suit is right for the situation and for your needs. Mr. Hamdam, Los Angeles PI lawyer, has helped hundreds of patients and their families recover money for their loss.