I feel guilty about asking for money after my spouse was killed by a doctor’s mistake. Why should I do it?

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It’s understandable that you don’t want to profit from your loved one’s death. You don’t want to enjoy a financial gain because your loved one was killed by the negligence of a doctor. There would be no enjoyment in the money you recovered; instead, there would be only guilt.

But Profit Is Not What Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are About

While your goal is to recover financial damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, those financial damages are not profit. Instead, they are compensation for the significant damages that your loved one’s estate and your family incurred as a result of the doctor’s negligence.

The money that you may be able to recover in a wrongful death lawsuit is not meant to make you better off than you would’ve been if your loved one had lived—that would be impossible. There is no amount of money that could do that. Instead, the money is meant to compensate your family for:

  • The medical bills incurred by your loved one because of the doctor’s mistake.
  • Your loved one’s funeral expenses.
  • The income your loved one could have earned if he had not died.
  • Your family’s suffering.

Your wrongful death case and financial recovery is also meant to hold the doctor accountable for his actions and to help prevent future injuries and deaths caused by medical malpractice.

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