It is natural and understandable to experience consequences of your own when a loved one suffers a serious injury or experiences an illness serious enough to require medical treatment. These consequences can be direct, such as losing the needed income of the family’s primary wage earner. Or they can be indirect, including the emotional distress you can go through from having to vicariously experience the same trauma as a family member does.
But what happens if, during that medical treatment, something goes wrong? Instead of making things better for that member of your family, what happens if as the result of a medical error he or she does not return to you at all? What can you do about it?
Despite advances in modern medicine, it remains an unfortunate and real possibility that a close relative whom you care deeply about can become a victim of medical malpractice, and sometimes the results of a mistake like a wrong or delayed diagnosis, or a surgical error, or even an incorrect prescription can become fatal. And suddenly you can find yourself experiencing the ripple-effects of that loss in ways that are very real, and which can have tremendous negative effects on your life as well as that of your family.
A death that is preventable – a death that would not have happened but for the negligent or other wrongful act of another – is what Connecticut law refers to as a wrongful death. And there is something that you can do about it, something that we at Lynch Traub Keefe & Errante can help you to not only understand, but to take action on. And while we provide our clients with legal assistance in pursuing wrongful death claims in the context of medical malpractice, we do not confine our work solely to that context.
If you have lost a loved one and you are convinced that the death was because of a wrongful act of someone else, you can visit our website to gain a better understanding of what your legal options and remedies may be.