Yes, you can typically sue for wrongful death if your loved one died during a routine surgical procedure, but only if the doctor’s negligence is what caused the death. By law, medical staff members and medical facilities have a duty to provide every patient with a certain level of care. If that level of care has been breached, death can occur, and grieving family members can sue for malpractice.
When a patient visits a hospital, doctor’s office, lab, or other medical facility, that patient has a level of expectation that he or she will receive a high level of care. When a staff member or the facility is negligent in their actions, surviving family members can file a legal action. Some common causes of medical malpractice cases include a delay in diagnosis or a misdiagnosis, errors in prescription medications, improper medical treatment, defective medical devices, continuing an ineffective treatment, and lack of informed consent.
Although the numbers can be difficult to precisely determine, it’s been estimated that about 100,000 wrongful deaths occur each year because of medical negligence. Medical malpractice lawsuits, particularly in Texas, can be complex and difficult to resolve. It’s important to hire a medical malpractice attorney to help with the case. Medical malpractice attorneys can help gather all evidence, determine whether negligence occurred, calculate the value of the case, attempt to negotiate the case, prepare documents to sue all responsible parties, and take the case to trial if necessary.
If your loved one has died as a result of a routine medical procedure, it’s worth talking to a medical malpractice attorney to determine your legal options. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.