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”A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care” by John T. James PhD estimates that there are about 400,000 unnecessary deaths annually in hospitals alone that happen in the United States. Some examples can be surgical errors, anesthesia mistakes, emergency response mistakes, medication errors, false or misdiagnosis, even cosmetic surgery errors can cause unnecessary death, to mention a few.
Wrongful death is very rarely due to intent on the part of the defendent, but they may still be held liable for negligent and careless acts causing death.
The death of a loved one can be very traumatic and can be mind-numbing. Such an experience requires time off for grieving and taking stock of the consequences of such a loss.
But there are unique times when the people left behind must start questioning what really happened to their loved ones, more importantly if they died under special circumstances while undergoing a medical procedure or under any medical care. This is especially true for residents in Ohio where the Ohio Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations requires that the aggrieved family file a lawsuit as soon as soon as possible after the death.
While it does happen that special bonds are formed between the doctor and patient, resulting in complete trust and dependency on doctors for their expertise, thinking that they would always do the best they can to help us are regrettably at times misplaced and undeserved.
Yes, we understand that there is difficulty in questioning a doctor’s word when they say, ‘We did the best we can, but (insert description of what went wrong) happened and we did all we can to save your loved one’. It gets to be confusing sometimes especially when you don’t know or do not understand a lot about the medical practice. But you see, doctors are human too and they make mistakes, and sometimes fatal mistakes even if those are unintentional. Medical mistakes are still considered negligent acts if these could have been avoided.
If you suspect your loved one’s death was caused by the actions of a medical practitioner, a lawsuit may be filed for wrongful death.
All states have some type of wrongful death claim action in place, and share common bases for filing a wrongful death case: when a victim’s death was caused by the actions of another; if another person is liable for the death; and when there are surviving immediate family members than can be awarded monetary compensation.
If you have some doubts, questions, misgivings or any suspicion on the circumstances of the death of a loved one after going through a medical procedure, a wrongful death attorney in Columbus Ohio, Columbus Metro Area, is ready to serve you.
This is where Oliver Law Firm comes in. We are here to listen to you, help you sort out your doubts and questions and share our experience and our expertise using legal remedies to properly deal with your concerns.
Oliver Law Firm is always ready. Give us a call or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation. You can also check out our website to know more about us and what we do for those in need of legal help.
Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.