Instances of Medical Malpractice Can Result in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The attorneys at the Charpentier Law Firm have helped clients in and around the greater Melbourne area in their time of legal need, fighting diligently to ensure that those who have been injured have justice served. This is particularly important for medical malpractice lawsuits that hold negligent doctors accountable. When a medical mistake results in death, our lawyers will assist the loved ones of the deceased in the legal process.
Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
One of the tragic causes of death in medical malpractice cases is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. We expect doctors to get their diagnoses right, but sometimes errors on their part can prove fatal. For instance, a doctor may miss telltale signs of cancer, allowing growths to metastasize, and making successful treatment of the cancer far more difficult. In another example, a doctor may misdiagnose a viral infection as a bacterial infection, meaning that proper, life-saving treatment will not be administered.
Errors in Medication and Prescriptions
Problems with prescription drugs can also prove fatal. For example, failure for a doctor to account for allergic reactions to medications may mean a patient may suffer from a fatal allergic reaction to a drug. In addition, contraindications need to be taken into account. This means dangerous effects caused by combining two drugs that should not be combined.
A number of deaths in the medical profession are the result of mistakes made by surgeons and in operating rooms. Surgical mistakes can cause serious internal injuries, including hemorrhages and injuries to organs adjacent to the one that was operated upon. Sometimes it's not the surgery itself that leads to death, but complications following surgery that could have been avoided.
Infections While in the Hospital
While one expects hospitals to be safe and sterile environments, there are many instances in which infections occur while in hospitals, leading to serious illness and death. This is a very important matter to consider with infants and newborns, who are more susceptible to infection and serious health problems due to exposure to pathogens.
Seeking Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Both compensatory and punitive damages will be sought in medical malpractice lawsuits. Compensatory damages are sought in order to cover funerary expenses, material losses, and monetary losses sustained as a result of a medical mistake, including emotional pain and suffering. Punitive damages, on the other hand, will be sought in order to punish the medical professional or facility for the egregiousness of their offense.
Wrongful Death Attorneys Are Crucial for Your Case
When taking on medical professionals, it's imperative that you have skilled wrongful death attorneys on your side. Lawyers such as those at our firm will fight diligently on your behalf, and they will not be intimidated by the legal teams that medical facilities have in place.
Learn More About Your Legal Options in Wrongful Death Cases
If you would like more information on your legal options following an act of negligence by a doctor, surgeon, or medical professional, contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The legal team at Charpentier Law Firm will fight diligently for you and your loved ones.