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Wrongful death suit against UPMC results in $5.7 million verdict

When families trust medical professionals to care for their loved ones, they expect these professionals to adhere to the standard of care reasonably expected of those in the medical field. When a doctor or hospital behaves negligently, and as a result of this negligence, harms a patient, he or she may face lawsuits from the patient or the patient's loved ones. The husband of a Pittsburgh woman filed suit against UPMC, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and a physician, after his wife's tragic death. A jury awarded him with $5.7 million in damages. UPMC plans to appeal.

Premature brain aging may be result of traumatic brain injury

For many years, Pittsburgh medical professionals have informed us of the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are often suffered as a result of car accidents, falls, and various athletic activities. The effects of TBIs depend on the severity of the injury. Mild TBIs could involve brief unconsciousness, changes in mood, memory loss, and trouble communicating. More severe TBIs could result in a coma, impaired thinking, depression, long-term amnesia, and even death. In some cases, those who suffer traumatic brain injuries could suffer from neurological problems for the rest of their lives.

What is involved in filing a wrongful death lawsuit?

When someone is killed in a tragic accident, their family will have to find a way to live without that person. It can be especially hard to accept their death if it was caused by the negligence of another person. For example, a number of fatal car accidents in Pittsburgh are caused by drunk or reckless drivers. In those cases, the negligent driver or the bartender that served the drunk driver alcohol may be held legally liable for the victim's death. Families of those who are killed may be able to file a wrongful death suit in civil court against those who played a role in the death of their loved one. While wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, there are some general guidelines available to help you determine whether you have a potentially successful suit on your hands.

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