Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when the death is sudden and caused by the actions of another individual. Under these circumstances, a family can be emotionally devastated. These losses can lead to anger, depression and feeling that life isn't fair. As if that isn't hard enough to deal with, these families are also slapped with the reality that they may have financial challenges ahead of them in the form of incurred medical expenses, funeral costs and their loved one's lost wages.
A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed the statutory limitations related to wrongful death lawsuits. It is critical for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to think about their legal options shortly after the tragic incident to avoid losing out on compensation that could help cover significant economic and noneconomic losses such as medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
The untimely loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another is difficult, if not impossible, for many people to fathom. But, the sad reality is that the world we live in is not perfect and the death of a person or persons may occur due to a wrongful or neglectful act on the part of an individual who had a duty to exercise reasonable care under a given circumstance, but they failed to do so.
Suddenly and unexpectedly losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person is very difficult if not impossible to fully comprehend. Family members may feel numb and unable to process what happened and what to do next. Without a doubt, everyone grieves the loss of a loved one differently. The staff at Konicek & Dillion P.C. understands that the loss of a loved can be very difficult. Illinois residents may find it helpful and comforting to learn that they can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek damages and get compensation for their loss.
A physician in Illinois is prohibited by law from divulging any information the doctor may have on a patient while attending to their healthcare needs and when providing the necessary medical care. This prohibition against disclosing confidential patient information is referred to as the physician-patient privilege. However, one may wonder as to what happens to this physician-patient privilege in cases of medical malpractice against the physician.