Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyer
UNC Children’s Hospital Investigation
A recent investigation by the New York Times has revealed an alarming situation in the pediatric heart surgery program at the UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC from 2013-2017, prompting an investigation by North Carolina’s Secretary of Health. Through their investigation, based on secret recordings of cardiologist staff meetings, the Times found that the cardiologist who diagnosed heart conditions were concerned about referring patients to the internal team of surgeons due to the number of unfavorable outcomes that were occurring. Additionally, many of them expressed hesitation, or even outright refusal, about whether they would allow their own children to have surgeries at the hospital where they worked.
While the data from this time period does not include risk adjustments, which provide a more accurate measure of performance, the numbers are still alarming, with the program consistently having a mortality rate above the national average, at times nearly double. Unfortunately, patients were not informed of these issues at the hospital, and the hospital does not self report their mortality data to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons like most other institutions. If either of these had been done, patients could have sought surgical procedures elsewhere. Instead, they needlessly put children at risk in order to uphold the reputation and profitability of the hospital.
If your child underwent a surgical heart procedure at UNC Children’s Hospital Chapel Hill and suffered complications or even death, contact Dr. Ted Greeve today. As a doctor and lawyer, learning that children’s lives were unnecessarily put at risk is deeply disturbing and demands justice be pursued. Call our offices today for a risk-free consultation with an experienced attorney who will fight to hold those responsible to account.
Have you lost a loved one to an accident or a similar tragedy in Charlotte, NC? Get the help of someone who can take care of your case. Contact a wrongful death lawyer from Ted A. Greve & Associates.
Wrongful Deaths in Charlotte, NC
Being North Carolina’s largest city and the 17th largest city in the United States, Charlotte is a lively setting for big businesses and active transportation. But behind the vibrant cityscape lie many stories of personal anguish from wrongful death cases.
Wrongful death is one that results from someone else’s negligence like a negligent driver or a manufacturer’s defective product, for example. There are many incidents that can lead to a wrongful death that is unfortunately all too common in Charlotte.
According to City-data.com, there were 59 fatalities from car crashes in the city in 2011 alone. Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center reports that 12 people also obtained fatal injuries from truck-related accidents in the city in the same year.
In 2011, a total of 148 fatal occupational injuries occurred in North Carolina, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The New England Journal of Medicine states that 4,000 patients in North Carolina hospitals die every year due to preventable medical mistakes.
If your loved one’s death was caused by any of these events, you may be entitled to obtain financial compensation.
Claiming Wrongful Death Compensation
Under North Carolina statutes, you can file and benefit from a wrongful death claim if you would have been considered an heir of the victim. Family members such as the spouse, children, or even parents of the deceased are usually qualified to make this claim.
There are two types of compensation you can receive: economic and non-economic.
Economic compensation covers all related financial losses, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses leading up to the victim’s death
- The expected loss of income and material benefits from the victim
Non-economic compensation is the monetary payment for intangible losses, such as:
- Sorrow and mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of training and guidance
Note that you may not be the only beneficiary who has the right to be compensated. When there are multiple beneficiaries, the division of the damage award can get complicated.
It would be best to have a highly skilled attorney to represent you throughout the legal complexities. A good wrongful death attorney can determine the maximum compensation you are entitled to, and fight for it on your behalf.
Consult With An Experienced Attorney
A good injury attorney does not only fight on your behalf and get you the compensation you truly deserve but also empathizes and helps you throughout the entire process. This is one of the advantages you’ll find with Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. The firm’s lawyers are backed by their decades of knowledge and experiences but are also known for their compassion and commitment to their clients.
Call 1-800-375-9190 and talk to them about your loved one’s wrongful death.