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My Parent Wrongfully Died In A Hospital. What Should I Do?

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Johns Hopkins Medicine drew attention to malpractice in 2016 when they revealed medical errors held third place for the cause of death in the United States. The experts at Johns Hopkins stated that at least 250,000 deaths were due to malpractice. An exact figure was difficult to obtain due to the way the CDC reports statistics on the cause of death.

They went on to caution that it’s not always a lack of doctors being properly trained or careless. Things the medical experts listed as problems in wrongful death and malpractice cases are:

  • Lack of coordinating patient care between hospitals and medical offices
  • Differences in the ways doctors provide medical care
  • Failure to consider providing safety nets within a patient’s care
  • Difficulties with health insurance companies

Are there mistakes doctors make that lead to medical errors? Yes. Failing to order tests may be caused by health insurance companies not covering the cost, but it can be a doctor thinking it’s not really necessary at that point. A doctor may get the scan and fail to read it correctly. A doctor might prescribe a medication, but the pharmacist accidentally reads the name wrong and prescribes the wrong medicine or gets the dosage wrong.

Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases and Their Outcomes

Could you win a wrongful death lawsuit? If you don’t try, you’ll never know. An experienced wrongful death attorney is happy to listen and provide the information you need. Here are examples of cases that did result in compensation for the family’s loss.

An Oklahoma mom died of an overdose after her doctor prescribed her two different opioids. The dosage of a total of 15 pills per day led to her death. The wrongful death case was successful and led to a total of $20 million in damages.

Eight families filed wrongful death suits against one Ohio doctor in January 2019. The doctor prescribed 34 dosages of a medication that led to multiple deaths. After the hospital was first notified, they didn’t remove the doctor. More weeks passed and three additional deaths were reported before the hospital took action.

A New York doctor was sued for malpractice by several patients when it was revealed thousands of his surgeries were faked or performed incorrectly. In at least one case, the patient died after a faked surgery led to a pulmonary embolism. The doctor was sentenced to 4.5 years in federal prison and more than 250 medical malpractice and wrongful death cases are still pending.

Grief can last months and years. Everyone processes a loss differently. When a medical error leads to that death, there’s also the anger stemming from the fact it could have been prevented. If your parent died due to a medical error, don’t let emotions take over. You want to talk to an expert in medical malpractice for a second opinion and advice on what to do next.

Things to Have in Hand When You Call

When you talk to a lawyer, have all of the paperwork you can. Keep track of medical bills, funeral expenses, time off work, and other information that helps create a timeline of the events. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all. An experienced attorney will help with the things that are more difficult to obtain.

If you hold the medical power of attorney for your parent, it will help. You can ask for copies of medical charts and have them with you. You may be able to view files if your parent’s doctor has an online patient system. Print out everything you can find.

Talk to an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney

Losing a parent is never easy, but it’s worsened when medical malpractice is to blame. Trial Lawyers For Justice specializes in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. One family received an award of more than $29 million after the wife and mother of four died after going to the hospital seeking treatment for mild constipation. Attorneys at Trial Lawyers For Justice made sure the family received compensation for their unexpected loss.

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