One can only imagine the joy of bringing a loved one home from a hospital stay, only to suffer his or her loss a short time later. The devastation and grief associated with such a tragedy could be intensified upon learning that the family member's death may have been prevented. A widow in Texas has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband.
The man had been given the green light to go home after his stay at a medical center in Southeast Texas. Also going home with him was an oxygen tank on which he depended for adequate breathing sustenance. His wife claims that upon arriving home, the machine failed to provide the appropriate amount of oxygen in a timely manner to her husband, resulting in his sudden death.
The widow blames the health care providers, whom she alleges acted negligently, thus causing her husband to die in a situation that may have been easily preventable. Her claim states that the machine was poorly designed and that no one gave her or her husband proper instructions regarding the oxygen tank. The claim also states that warnings regarding potential lack of oxygen should have been given.
The wrongful death claim seeks more than $1 million in damages. This type of claim can be filed in any situation where one believes another party is responsible for the death of an immediate family member. Because the maximum amount of damages for which compensation may be sought varies, it is typically prudent to seek experience guidance before proceeding to court.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Widow blames health care providers for husband's death", Philip Gonzales, Oct. 26, 2016