When a person visits a hospital, doctor’s office, or surgical center for a surgical procedure, there is normally an expectation that the surgery will be performed correctly. If a medical professional or a medical facility is negligent and that causes the death of a patient, surviving family members can take legal actions against the negligent parties.
There are a number of errors that can occur during or after surgery. Organs may have been harmed during the procedure which were not involved in the operation. Anesthesia may not be correctly administered. The patient could develop a serious infection after the surgery. The surgeon may have operated on the wrong body part. In unusual cases, the wrong surgical procedure may have been performed or the wrong patient may have been operated.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is not unusual. It has been estimated that almost 100,000 deaths are caused by medical malpractice each year. The bad news for survivors is that medical malpractice cases can be complex and difficult to pursue. A medical malpractice wrongful death case must be handled by an experienced attorney. An attorney can build a strong case against the negligent party by gathering evidence, reviewing the appropriate medical standards of care, calculating the value of the case, negotiating a settlement, or taking the case to trial.
If your loved one died during or after surgery, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.