Following the conclusion of a medical malpractice lawsuit, a former doctor must pay $6 million to the family of a patient who died due to complications from surgery. According to the lawsuit, the doctor left a surgical sponge in the patient's abdomen after performing surgery to remove cancerous tissue from her body.
In North Carolina as well as other states, an individual may be found guilty of wrongful death if it can be proved that his or her negligence resulted in the death of another person. In such cases, it may be possible to file for damages covering funeral expenses, medical fees, and the pain and suffering of the victim before death. In a recent wrongful death case, a mother sued her son's doctor because she believed he could have prevented his death.