When a patient visits a hospital or medical facility for a surgical procedure, there is an expectation that the surgery will be performed correctly. However, if a facility or a medical professional is negligent and that negligence leads to death, surviving family members can take legal actions against the negligent parties.
Medical malpractice can happen during surgery in a number of ways. There may be anesthesia errors. The patient may develop a serious infection after the surgery. The wrong body part may be operated on. Surgical instruments may be left inside the body. There may be organs that were harmed during the procedure that were not involved in the procedure. In rare cases, the wrong patient may be operated on or even the wrong surgery may be performed.
Medical malpractice unfortunately occurs too often. It’s been estimated that there are almost 100,000 wrongful deaths caused by medical malpractice each year. It can be difficult and complex to file a lawsuit for wrongful death due to medical malpractice. A medical malpractice wrongful death case must be handled by an experienced attorney. An attorney can help gather evidence, review appropriate medical standards of care, calculate the value of the wrongful death case, attempt to settle the case, or take the case to trial.
If your loved one died after surgery, you may wish to speak with an attorney. Our offices are here to assist you, contact us today to discuss your options.