Recovering damages in a suicide lawsuit
Why a malpractice lawsuit may be necessary
In virtually all of our cases, the client's primary motive for filing the lawsuit is not to get money, although ordinarily that is the only ethical reason a lawsuit can be filed. Our clients correctly believe through civil litigation, they can improve the quality of mental health care everywhere. Your actions may even help to save the lives of others experiencing the same suffering.
In most states, the Plaintiff in a medical negligence action is entitled to be fairly compensated for the loss that he or she has suffered. Where the provider's negligence has resulted in the death of the patient, the relevant state's Wrongful Death Act usually governs the type of damages which may be recovered.
Medical, funeral expenses and lost earnings
In such cases, the Plaintiff may typically recover the patient's medical and funeral expenses and the decedent's lost earnings. Usually, the Plaintiff can also recover damages for the mental anguish of the decedent and the decedent's survivors, along with the loss of the decedent's companionship and society.
Similar damages can be recovered where the patient has survived. Where the provider's conduct was egregious, the jury may be also entitled to award punitive damages, which are designed to punish and deter misconduct, rather than to merely compensate the victims for their losses.
Damages awarded in wrongful death suits can often be substantial. Unfortunately, some States have enacted legislation which imposes a cap on the amount that a jury can award for the misconduct of a physician. The law varies from state to state. Therefore a tailored legal opinion must be obtained.
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