A surgical error malpractice case out of DeKalb County, near Atlanta, Georgia, returned a verdict of $3.3m for the wrongful death of a 64 year old woman.
Brenda Davis went into DeKalb Medical Center for a routine surgery, but died two days after the surgery on September 12, 2009. She was admitted to have an ovarian cyst removed. But due to surgical error malpractice, her bowel was pierced. The surgeon did not fully inspect her bowel for any herniations or cuts.
Wrongful deaths following surgical error malpractice may be difficult cases to effectively work up. Wrongful death claims are generally initiated by an attorney on behalf of the spouse, children, family, or beneficiaries of the decedent. A wrongful death is legally defined as an unnecessary death that results from the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity
Although monetary compensation can never atone for the loss of a family member, it can provide the financial support you and your family need to pay off medical bills, funeral expenses, and other debts incurred as a result of an unexpected death. These types of compensation are called compensatory damages and are meant to help get the victim(s) back to where they started financially before the loss of their loved one. Sometimes, families affected by a wrongful death are eligible for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the party at fault and to discourage it and others from acting irresponsibly in the future.