A doctor or other healthcare provider is supposed to “first, do no harm,” in the words of the Hippocratic Oath, traditionally taken by all doctors since the 5th century BC. Medical malpractice, however, often results in serious harm, and may even lead to the death of a loved one.
If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, the lawyers at The Cochran Firm in Miami can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, and lost companionship associated with your loved one’s death. To learn more about your legal options, please call 1-800 THE FIRM or email us today to schedule a free consultation today.
Medical Malpractice Is Common
Unfortunately, medical malpractice remains a common cause of death. It is estimated that about 200,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer. Common medical errors that lead to death include:
- Failure to diagnose or treat
- Unexpected death in a low-risk hospitalization
- Pressure sores
- Pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis after surgery
- Respiratory failure after surgery
In addition, another 100,000 people likely die every year due to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. Any of these types of negligence may be sufficient grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Medical Errors Are More than a Doctor’s Errors
Many of these types of medical errors are not just the doctor’s fault—they often are not a doctor’s fault at all. Instead, they are often the result of hospitals and other care facilities trying to do more with less in order to maximize profits. Many fatal outcomes from medical malpractice could be prevented with more time and dedicated care for every patient. Bed sores, pulmonary embolism, and respiratory failure after surgery could be prevented with better care and monitoring.
Even if an individual doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider made the error that led to a loved one’s death, that error was likely caused in full or in part by the medical system. Profit driven facilities may not give healthcare providers the training, tools, or time they need to take proper care of patients.
Compensation for You
Compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit will depend on the exact circumstances of the death and your situation. It may include compensation for:
• Medical expenses
• Funeral expenses
• Lost wages
• Lost services
• Loss of companionship, counseling, and guidance
• Your pain and suffering
This compensation can help you and your family get by after the loss of a loved one, but it can also send a message to hospitals.
It is okay for a hospital to make a profit, but it should do it by providing quality care, not by cutting corners.
To learn more about your legal rights after a loved one’s death, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida, helping victims of medical malpractice in and around Miami, Florida.