Wrongful death means any death resulting from the negligence or intentional acts of another party, and this also applies to deaths resulting from personal injury suffered as a result of such acts. Alabama readers probably see media reports about such deaths on a daily basis. A man from another state died as the result of alleged medical malpractice, and his wife is not going to sit back and let it go. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit and included a charge of failure to diagnose in the lawsuit. The man died in Oct. 2012 after visiting the emergency room of a hospital.
The woman says that her husband was diagnosed with sinusitis 11 days before his death. After struggling to breath, he visited the same medical center seven days later and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Three days later, he reportedly visited the emergency room of another medical center, suffering breathing problems, and was put on a respirator. He suffered cardiac arrest and died after a nurse apparently turned off the oxygen because he was hyperventilating.
The wife claimed that blood tests done at the medical center indicated a pulmonary embolism that was not diagnosed by the physician. The wife asserts that his death was the result of negligence of the medical personnel at the medical center. She is seeking damages exceeding $50,000.
Alabama residents who have lost loved ones caused by another party's negligence also retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If negligence is successfully established by relevant evidence, a court may award damages to cover medical and end-of-life expenses, among other recognized financial losses. Any damages secured by a monetary judgment may help those left behind come to terms with their tragedy and begin to move forward once again.