A death due to medical malpractice that could have been prevented can leave families in financial straits while grieving. It is the duty of the medical staff and the facility to provide every patient a basic “standard of care.” When that level of care has been breached, serious consequences, including death can occur.
Any time a patient visits the hospital, medical facility, doctor’s office, lab, or seeking professional medical assistants, they have a level of expectation that the care will be thoughtful and thorough. However, when a staff member or facility is negligent in their actions or inactions, and a wrongful death due to medical malpractice occurs, surviving family members can file legal action against the negligent parties.
If you believe your loved one died as a result of the negligence of a physician, hospital or other type of medical facility, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for complimentary consultation with a Chicago medical malpractice attorney who has experience with wrongful death matters. Our firm is committed to prosecuting medical negligence cases to the fullest extent of Illinois law.
Cases of Medical Malpractice Responsible For Patient’s Death
Medical malpractice cases often involve more than just a misstep by a doctor performing a procedure or surgery. In fact, many malpractice claims involve:
- A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis (look here)
- An error in prescribing or distributing prescription medications (look at our page here), by the doctor, facility or pharmacist
- Errors during screening and testing
- Abandonment / lack of care
- Continuing an ineffective treatment
- Improperly using medical equipment and instruments
- Treatments performed poorly or incorrectly
- Birth injuries (see here for additional information)
- Labor and delivery errors
- Nursing home neglect and/or abuse (view page here)
- Medical staff errors in treatments, procedures and surgeries
- Defective medical devices
- Harmful prescription medications
- A lack of an informed consent
Medical Negligence, Preventable Errors & Patient Deaths
Many of the common medical malpractice cases involving a wrongful death are from errors that could have been prevented. Cases often involve:
- Oxygen Deprivation At Birth– Health care providers are often negligent in their actions during procedures and surgeries leading to brain injury, caused by over medicating and/or a lack of oxygen (hypoxia).
- Birth Injury – Large newborns tend to experience difficulty during delivery and are often susceptible to serious birth injuries. These injuries are often the result of excessive force when using the vacuum devices, forceps and other obstetrical tools.
- Misdiagnosed Cancer – When a serious cancer condition is misdiagnosed, precious months can be wasted, while the treatable cancer begin spreading to other areas of the body. Through misdiagnosis, a treatable disease can quickly turn into an advanced, incurable cancer. This can be the result of improper blood or tissue sampling, inaccurately reading lab results, or misreading screening test and mammograms.
- Complications with Anesthesia – Complications involving anesthesia can happen during the procedure, or when being monitored afterwards. Patients should never suffer serious injuries or die from surgery simply because of an adverse reaction to the anesthesia medication. (View anesthesia error page here)
- Delay Diagnosis – Sometimes, doctors fail in their duty to reach a conclusion of a possible diagnosis that accurately describes the symptoms of the patient. Other times, they fail to accurately rule out some potential medical problems to make an accurate diagnosis. Any negligence involving a failure to accurately diagnose a serious health condition, cancer or potential heart attack can cause the death of the patient.
Hiring a Chicago Medical Negligence Attorney To Investigate The Death Of A Patient In A Hospital Or Medical Facility
Medical malpractice is a serious, and all too often, common occurrence leading to wrongful death. In the United States, there are nearly 100,000 wrongful deaths caused by medical negligence each year.
Filing a lawsuit for a wrongful death due to medical malpractice can be complex and difficult to resolve. When a personal injury attorney specializing in medical malpractice cases is hired, the lawyer can provide legal representation for financial recompense to family members of the deceased. A medical malpractice attorney can:
- Explain all legal remedies and options
- Gather evidence including medical documents, lab results, autopsy reports and others
- Review medical procedures or standards of care to determine negligence
- Accurately calculate the value of the wrongful death case
- Provide negotiation skills to settle the legal battle
- Fully prepare and file documentation to sue all responsible parties including the hospital, medical facility, doctors, nurses, supervisors, and other health care providers
- Provide high quality legal representation throughout the entire lawsuit process
The family of the deceased victim involved in a wrongful death caused by medical staff or medical facilities have the legal right to file a lawsuit. The Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, at (888) 424-5757, will listen to the family’s concerns to determine the merits of the case. The attorneys then review medical records and speak with medical specialists to make a determination of whether the death was the result of medical malpractice. The law firm can file the necessary paperwork for the family to receive financial compensation.