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Wrongful death: Neil Armstrong's family awarded $6 million

Even in the presence of a major illness, families in Illinois and elsewhere may find that dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one can be a stressful and harrowing experience. When this comes as the result of another party's negligent actions, the loss could prove all the more difficult to accept. It only recently became public knowledge that Neil Armstrong's family was awarded a substantial settlement after filing a wrongful death claim following the untimely passing of the first man on the moon.

According to reports, the incident began when the astronaut was scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery. He reportedly passed away shortly thereafter due to complications from the operation. While previously, no information was provided as to the nature of the complications involved, recent reports indicate that an error in judgment was the primary contributing factor to his death.

Recent reports indicate that, during the operation, medical professionals implanted wires to assist with the pace of his heartbeat while in recovery. When the wires were removed, he suddenly began to bleed internally. However, instead of rushing him to an operating room, the lawsuit states that medical professionals transported him to a lab to drain the blood from around his heart, and he passed away before the procedure could be initiated.

When the negligence of a medical professional or facility leads to the death of someone close, the surviving loved ones of the deceased may wish to exercise their rights to seek restitution in civil court. Following such a loss, a person in Illinois could choose to seek legal counsel for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can examine the incident and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of restitution deserved through a wrongful death claim.

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