The Growing Concern Over Elder CareBy David Zevan
Mar. 30, 2015 9:17a
There is a common misconception that if an elderly patient suffers as a result of medical malpractice, there is little that can be done legally.
This belief leads to many physician’s being let off the hook for elder abuse and negligence that never would be acceptable for a younger patient. If your elderly loved one has suffered or died due to
medical malpractice, contact a
St. Louis medical malpractice attorney immediately to help you pursue the compensation that is your right to claim.
The Pain of Losing a Loved One Due to Medical Negligence
Older parents and grandparents are an integral part of the family whose guidance and love are sorely missed when they are gone. If their death was due to an avoidable medical error, than the loss the family feels is even deeper. This was experienced by a family of an elderly gentlemen whose physician’s failure to diagnosis aspiration led him to succumb to a lung illness. Generally an affliction than can be treated successfully with antibiotics, untreated aspiration can quickly develop into life-threatening symptoms when left untreated.
The family of the man filed a wrongful death suit against the physician and the hospital for not diagnosing the illness in a timely manner. In a wrongful death suit, it is necessary for the family to show what they have lost as a result of the defendant’s untimely death. Usually this would include loss of income, but in this case it was the guidance and companionship of the elderly man that his wife, children, and grandchildren had lost. The jury agreed and awarded the family a settlement.
Loss of Companionship and Guidance
While it is impossible to place a monetary value on the life of a loved one, it is becoming clear that factors other than their financial contributions are beginning to hold more weight, especially in medical malpractice litigation. Elderly patients deserve the same medical treatment that a younger patient would receive under the same circumstances.
Liable for Medical Negligence
If your aging loved one was not treated properly for an illness or condition and you feel that a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnosis was the cause of their death, you have every right to pursue compensation on their behalf. The hole left in your family by their sudden parting is never going to be replaced, but you can take some comfort in knowing that the person who caused it is being held responsible. Talk with a St. Louis medical malpractice attorney if you believe that your loved one would still be here today if not for the negligence of the treating physician.
Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
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