Seattle Medical Malpractice Death Lawyers
Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death
Fatal medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer are worse killers. Nearly half a million people die nationwide each year as a result of avoidable harm and medical mistakes while in the care of medical professionals. Wrongful death because of medical mistake is increasing. In the 1999 "To Err is Human" report, 98,000 deaths per year were estimated. Now, recent studies have concluded that number is closer to 500,000 deaths a year in U.S. Hospitals because of medical malpractice. Americans expect hospitals and medical professionals to help us get better and recover from medical conditions.
When a patient dies when in the care of a medical professional, it must be determined what caused the fatal injuries and if another doctor, nurse, or surgeon in similar circumstances would have made the same mistakes. Risk Management at Hospitals are allowed to have secret meetings that patients do not know about. Often hospital lawyers and risk managers are involved. Quality Improvement, Sentinel Event, and Root Cause Analysis are investigation activities a patient’s family may never learn about after a wrongful death in a hospital.
The experienced Seattle medical malpractice attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have the knowledge, skills, and resources it takes to prove these cases. We have helped many families receive the justice and compensation they need. Call us at (888) 228-3860.
Examples of Fatal Medical Errors
When a medical professional performs duties in a negligent manner or fails to take adequate precautions, it can result in fatal injuries to the patient. Medical errors that most commonly result in fatal injuries include:
- Mistakes made during labor and delivery, such as failing to monitor a baby's vitals or failing to order a Cesarean section after signs of distress. Non-reassuring or Category II indications on a fetal heart monitor can be signs of alarm.
- Delayed diagnosis of cancers such as lung, breast, skin, colon, cervical, ovarian, oral, skin, and pancreatic cancer.
- Errors made in the emergency room.
- Surgical errors (operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical tools inside a body).
- Anesthesia errors (including giving too much or too little anesthesia resulting in a loss of oxygen to the brain).
- Failing to monitor a patient.
- Administering the wrong medication.
What Steps Can You Take After a Medical Malpractice Death in Seattle?
If you have lost a loved one and are suspicious about the level and quality of care they received, you need to explore your legal options. A medical malpractice attorney can work with other medical professionals and investigators to determine the cause of your loved one's fatal injuries.
Proving negligence is an integral part of a medical malpractice claim. Plaintiffs must show that the health care professional in question breached the minimum level of acceptable care. Not all errors equate negligence or are classified as malpractice. You will have to show in your claim that another reasonable physician in similar circumstances wouldn't have made the same mistakes.
A WA wrongful death attorney can connect you to expert witnesses who can explain what they would have done differently and how injuries could have been prevented. Expert witnesses can also explain what types of damages you have suffered and how much compensation you should receive from your claim.
You can hold the at-fault person or medical facility accountable for losses such as mental anguish, future lost earnings, medical bills, funeral expenses, and other related damages. Contact a Seattle injury attorney at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. to discuss your legal rights and options.
Call us at (888) 228-3860 for a free confidential consultation.