Last month, we wrote that the estate of a New Jersey man was awarded over $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Sadly, the money needed to be paid to the victim’s estate because the medical error that was the focus of the lawsuit resulted in the man’s death.

It is important for family or friends to seek compensation if they feel that their loved one’s preventable death was caused by medical malpractice.

A similar case was just filed by a grieving widow in Connecticut. Two years ago, her husband died from a pulmonary embolism at the young age of 46. He had gone to a medical facility in early February 2010 complaining of “flank pain,” but was discharged after only receiving a CT scan.

When he was rushed to the hospital nine days later, further testing revealed the pulmonary embolism. He died the next day. A later autopsy showed that embolisms in both lungs had existed for weeks.

Commenting on the case, a personal injury attorney wrote: “They were simply not permitted to discharge without ruling out whether he was suffering from a life-threatening condition. Had they performed the additional testing, [the victim] would still be alive.”

A doctor’s failure to diagnose a serious condition in a timely fashion can be debilitating or fatal. And the untimely death of a loved one is among the worst resulting outcomes. In this case (and many others), the victim’s widow not only lost a companion, but a financial provider as well.

In order to receive fair compensation and to make sure that the medical staff and hospital are held accountable, families of deceased victims may wish to consider pursuing legal action.