Wrongful Death claims develop when a loved one is killed because of the negligent, careless and/or reckless act of an individual or company. Certain family members have a claim against the individual and/or entity that caused the death for loss of support. There are wrongful death claims that are filed as a result of car, truck, motorcycle and bus accident. There are wrongful death claims that are filed because a medical provider failed to properly treat a patient resulting in death. There are wrongful death claims that are filed because of a defective product that caused the death of an individually.
These are just a few of the medical and dental malpractice cases we’ve handled:
• Our client was a retired schoolteacher from Staten Island. She was admitted to the emergency room during a holiday weekend with left jaw pain, a common indicator of cardiac distress. Despite this, her heart catheterization was delayed until Monday. In the meantime she was connected to a heart monitor, but the monitor failed to work and our client suffered a heart attack.
After the hospital refused to agree to our settlement demand, we successfully argued that the hospital was negligent in both failing to conduct the heart catheterization immediately, and in failing to maintain its monitoring equipment. We settled the case during the trial and, what’s more, the hospital renovated its monitoring equipment and protocol so that nothing like this would ever happen again.
• We represented a woman in her late 40’s from Brooklyn visiting Woodhull Hospital for a routine procedure under anesthesia. She was discharged shortly after the procedure despite still being weak and lightheaded. She fell unconscious shortly after arriving home and was transported back to the hospital by ambulance.
She died a few days later. We argued that the hospital committed malpractice by failing to properly consult with a cardiologist, and by failing to take proper precautions prior to discharge. We obtained a $500,000 settlement for her family.