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6 Common Causes of Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Thursday, April 04, 2019

When you go to a doctor, you want to know that they are going to help you. But unfortunately, a lot of times a doctor or a medical professional makes a mistake that causes their patient's death. Below are six common reasons for wrongful death lawsuits due to medical malpractice.

Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

A common reason that people file wrongful death lawsuits due to medical malpractice is because of a healthcare provider not correctly diagnosing a medical condition that threatens their patient's life.

Another situation that is similar is when a doctor completely misdiagnoses their patient, or they diagnose them with something the patient doesn't have.

Birth & Delivery

When what should be a happy occasion becomes tragic, this is one of the most heartbreaking reasons for medical malpractice. When a child or mother dies during birth, it's something that a lot of families have trouble enduring.

It doesn't matter if the death happens prior to, during, or following the birth, a doctor might be in deep trouble legally if their negligence caused a death.

Surgical Mistakes

Mistakes during surgery are the misjudgments or mistakes that could occur during surgery. If the patient dies because of this mistake, whether they die while on the surgical table or it happens, later, because of surgery complications, it's important to seek justice.

A wrongful death lawsuit from medical malpractice due to surgical errors can be really hard for the family to fight since surgery is almost always risky, but it can happen.  

Abuse in a Nursing Home

The last thing that someone wants to think about is that their loved one is being abused in the nursing home, but it happens. That's why it's one of the most common reasons for wrongful death lawsuits due to medical malpractice.  

When you believe that someone's died because of negligence or abuse in a nursing home, it's essential that you speak with a lawyer to find out what they can do to help you. You trusted the people in the nursing home to care for your loved one. If your loved one died because of them, you should hold them accountable.

Wrong Medications and Prescriptions

One type of medical malpractice that people don't think about is when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication. If someone has died because they were prescribed or given the wrong medication, this could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

This could happen because they prescribed the medication that killed the patient. But it also could the result of them not prescribing the right medicine that could have saved someone's life.

Prolonged or Delayed Treatment

It's really heartbreaking when someone dies. But it's even worse when they died due to the doctor delaying their treatment or because the doctor took too long to diagnose their loved one.

This kind of lawsuit also can happen if someone didn't begin the needed treatment in enough time because their doctor didn't diagnose them quickly enough.

Whether the patient didn't get their treatment, or the treatment started too late, having a wrongful death lawsuit might help with settling things down and ensuring that the doctor is held responsible.

Even though filing a lawsuit isn't going to bring your loved one back, it can help you with getting some closure and help with paying their final bills. It also helps to ensure that they're held responsible and that they won't do it to another patient. The last thing that you want is for someone to go through the pain and suffering that you are experiencing right now. Filling a lawsuit can help bring the medical professional's mistakes to light.



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