A wrongful death is defined by an incident of negligence that takes the life of another person, most commonly in cases of medical malpractice. Nothing is more devastating than losing a loved one in a completely preventable circumstance because of someone else’s error. There are three common types of wrongful death claims.
A Surgical Error
Even when medical professionals think that they’re being careful to follow procedure, they can still make costly mistakes. There are many factors that could lead to a surgical error. Sometimes lack of communication can result in a doctor performing an unnecessary or incorrect procedure on a patient that could endanger them. And a lack of sanitation before or during a surgery can pass deadly infections. No matter what caused a surgical error, the hospital or the doctor themselves should be liable.
Failure To Diagnose
Often one of the most overlooked forms of medical malpractice, failure to diagnose can be just as harmful. When a doctor does not catch the warning signs of a condition soon enough, then that delays the treatment that a patient needs. And for conditions that need timely treatment, such as a heart attack or stroke, then failure to diagnose can easily lead to a wrongful death. Even if the patient does not die right away, the doctor can still be liable for failure to diagnose. For example, if a doctor sees a patient for signs of cancer, but does not diagnose the symptoms as cancer until the cancer has progressed too far to be successfully treated, then the doctor could be liable for the patient’s death.
Nursing Home Neglect
Another place where it can be more difficult to determine a wrongful death incident is in a nursing home. Some nursing homes can hide abuse and neglect, and you can’t always be sure if your loved one died of natural causes. Lack of sanitation, incorrect administration of medication, and malnutrition and dehydration can all contribute to the untimely death of an elderly patient. You should always talk to a lawyer if you suspect that a nursing home is trying to cover up their negligence.
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