Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim for Medical Malpractice?

We trust medical professionals to make the right decisions regarding our healthcare, but they sometimes make mistakes. And unfortunately, these mistakes often have serious consequences. When a preventable mistake by a medical professional results in the death of a loved one, the healthcare provider may be liable for damages. And while monetary compensation can’t erase the pain caused by the death of a family member, it can help ensure that family members don’t fall behind financially during their time of grief. Therefore, if you’ve lost a family member due to medical malpractice, please review the information below, and contact one of our experienced Florida wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible.

What types of medical malpractice can lead to a wrongful death claim?

There are many types of medical malpractice that can lead to wrongful death claims, including:

  • Failing to sterilize surgical equipment
  • Medication errors, including prescribing the wrong medication, giving a patient the wrong amount of medication, mixing up two patients’ prescriptions, and failing to consider a patient’s medical history when prescribing medication
  • Administering a patient too much anesthesia during surgery
  • Failing to check in with a patient after medical treatment or surgery
  • Failing to order the proper tests to diagnose a patient’s condition
  • Diagnosing a patient’s condition incorrectly
  • Leaving surgical equipment inside a patient’s body

An additional type of medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional performs a procedure on a patient without first obtaining that patient’s informed consent. Generally, patients must be fully about the potential side effects and complications of a course of treatment before it can commence. If a patient dies after receiving treatment for which he or she did not provide informed consent, then the patient’s family members may have grounds to file a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit.

If you’ve lost a family member to medical malpractice, time is of the essence!

In Florida, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death. Therefore, if you’ve recently lost a family member to medical malpractice, you should immediately begin preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. And the best way to begin this process is by contacting an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Wrongful Death Attorneys

At Staples Ellis, we understand the pain that the loss of a loved one can cause. And although nothing can completely compensate you for such a loss, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help you through this difficult period. At Staples Ellis, we are committed to helping the surviving family members of the victims of negligence find justice while holding responsible parties accountable. Our Florida wrongful death attorneys are here to offer you the experience, knowledge, and personal concern that you deserve. Please contact our office today to arrange a consultation.

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