Medical malpractice can cause severe undue injury to patient administered into hospitals, emergency rooms, and medical clinics throughout the country. Unfortunately for many families, some cases of medical negligence can result in the death of a patient who otherwise should have survived. If an instance of medical malpractice results in the death of a patient, his or her family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
- How Does Medical Malpractice Occur?
- Examples of Medical Negligence
- How Does Medical Negligence Result in Wrongful Death
- What Can Family Members Do?
Medical malpractice occurs in hospitals, emergency rooms and medical clinics on a daily basis. It is an unfortunate reality that patients have to live with. While doctors and hospital staff are highly educated and very well trained, no one is infallible, and everyone makes mistakes. In cases of medical negligence, a mistake can result in serious injury or death.
- Failure to Properly Diagnose an Illness or Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Hospital Acquired Infection and Sepsis
- Untimely Treatment Resulting in Heart Attack or Stroke
- Birth and Labor Injuries
While doctors are trained, and expected to perform to an accepted medical standard of care, in some cases they may fail to uphold this duty. When this happens, and a patient is caused unnecessary harm, malpractice has occurred.
Medical malpractice can cost someone their life in an infinite number of ways. Often times, misdiagnosis of life-threatening symptoms will result in a doctor failing to treat a patient quickly enough, resulting in a wrongful death. In other cases, an illness may be drawn out, resulting in death due to improper treatment due to misdiagnosis.
One of the most disheartening forms of medical negligence is a failure to follow up with treatment. A doctor may order certain treatments be performed for a patient, only to fail to follow up with monitoring and results, and the dangerous treatments may end up damaging a patient, weakening immune systems and resulting in an untimely death.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit for medical malpractice offers family members a way to receive some compensation for the loss of a loved one. While no amount of money can replace the loss of a family member, relieving their financial burden can help them cope and move on with their life.
Wrongful death lawsuits can provide substantial compensation for family members, but they are incredibly difficult and expensive to pursue. It is important to talk to an attorney with experience in medical malpractice trial litigation to ensure a case has the best possible chance at success. Fortunately for family members, most medical malpractice lawyers offer a free consultation where a family can get legal advice regarding their options for pursuing compensation for their loss.