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Incidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
People place their trust in the hands of the doctors and staff that care for them when they are at their weakest. Sometimes doctors and their staff do not meet guidelines put in place to protect patients from mistakes. Mistakes can occur in diagnosis, anesthesia, or providing the correct dosage of medication. Every year, thousands of patients across the country suffer wrongful deaths.
Proving a malpractice wrongful death claim is hard and expensive to prove. It requires skill, effort and resources. But deserving victims can obtain relief. The Hartman Law Firm, LLC has experience in pursuing medical malpractice wrongful death cases across South Carolina.
If your loved one has died because of medical malpractice, you have the legal right to hold the doctor accountable.
What Misdiagnose can lead to Wrongful Death?
One of the primary reasons that you go to the doctor or the emergency department is because you have noticed symptoms and you would like a diagnosis. Doctors should perform the necessary diagnostic tests based on your symptoms and should be able to correctly diagnose any conditions or illnesses you may have so you can receive any treatment you need. When a doctor fails to correctly diagnose certain conditions, it can have life-threatening consequences.
Some types of misdiagnoses that can have fatal consequences include the following:
An early diagnosis of cancer is critical, as the more a diagnosis is delayed, the more invasive the treatment may be or the cancer may become untreatable and terminal. If a doctor fails to recognize the symptoms of a possible cancer and misdiagnoses a patient with another condition, the cancer can go untreated until it is too late and can cause wrongful death. For example, ovarian cancer can often be misdiagnosed as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or other digestive disorders.
A heart attack is often a sign of serious cardiovascular issues that may require surgery or other immediate treatments to prevent further cardiac events. Heart attacks are often misdiagnosed as acid reflux or similar conditions, especially if the patient does not have obvious cardiac risks. However, even younger people who seem to be in relatively good health may suffer from cardiac conditions, so it is important for doctors to properly test for heart attacks to prevent a subsequent attack that may be fatal.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clots travels in the bloodstream and enters a lung. Because a pulmonary embolism can cause respiratory and circulatory difficulties, some patients are misdiagnosed with anxiety attacks when they report higher heart rates and shortness of breath. Because a pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening, a misdiagnosis can be fatal.
Too often, patients who have had a stroke are told that they are having migraines. Migraines can have sensory symptoms – such as tingling in the limbs – and visual aura that can be similar to the after-effects of a minor stroke. Without taking steps to control blood pressure or other aspects of your health following a stroke, the chances of a more serious stroke and possible aneurysm are much higher
Your Charleston Wrongful Death Claim
Proving that someone was responsible for the death of another is often very difficult. It takes knowledge of the legal system, and an understanding of the evidence required to be successful.
The litigation process can be difficult, but it’s important that you stay the course. An experienced Charleston, South Carolina legal firm with extensive wrongful death expertise can help guide your case toward a satisfactory conclusion.
Losing someone you love is painful.
Unfortunately, people are killed every day because of someone else’s failure to pay attention.
When negligence takes the life of someone you care about, you need someone to defend that person’s rights. You deserve fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
What other Medical Malpractices can lead to Wrongful Death?
Any surgical procedure – no matter how minor – has the potential to be fatal. Many different things can go wrong during surgery so surgeons should always use the utmost care during an operation. Unfortunately, some surgeons may make negligent mistakes or choices that put the patient’s life in danger. Some examples of surgical negligence can include:
- The wrong type or dose of anesthesia
- Operating while overly fatigued
- Operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not thoroughly reviewing a patient’s history and risk factors prior to surgery
- Having untrained surgeons or surgical staff
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Performing the wrong procedure on the wrong patient
- Having improperly sterilized surgical equipment
- Not removing all foreign objects (such as sponges) from the patient
- Not providing adequate postoperative care, causing infections
Doctors write millions of prescriptions each year and hospitals administer a significant number of pills to patients on a daily basis. If a doctor does not sufficiently ask about drug allergies or identify possible harmful interactions with existing prescriptions, patients can suffer serious injuries from their medication. In addition, because hospitals have so many different medications for so many different patients, it is all too easy for mistakes to be made if a hospital employee makes a mistake. Patients can be deprived of necessary medication or may even overdose from accidentally being given multiple doses.
Having a child can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. However, any medical mistakes that occur during pregnancy, labor, or delivery can cause serious and life-threatening injuries to the mother, baby, or both. Doctors can make many negligent errors that can lead to a fatal birth injury, including:
- Failing to identify risk factors in the mother or child
- Not ordering a c-section when necessary
- Not properly monitoring the vital signs of both mother and child during labor
- Not responding quickly enough to health issues or defects of the child
While doctors can make mistakes like anyone else, errors that lead to the unnecessary death of a patient are usually serious and the result of medical malpractice. If you have lost a loved one and believe it may have been due to some form of medical malpractice, you should not hesitate to discuss your rights with our North Charleston wrongful death attorney today.