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Medical malpractice can lead to wrongful death lawsuits

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2022 | Wrongful Death |

When you lose someone you care about, most of your attention will be devoted to your grief. But if you’ve lost someone due to the actions or neglect of a Florida medical provider, you may naturally wonder what choices you have in order to hold them accountable.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice refers to incidents when a medical provider fails to deliver the reasonable care their patient expects. To qualify as medical malpractice, the incident must meet these qualifications:

  • The medical provider had a duty to the patient to provide care.
  • The medical provider breached their duty by not acting with reasonable care.
  • As a result of the breach, the patient suffered injury or harm.

What is a wrongful death?

Wrongful death does not just apply to medical malpractice. Wrongful death refers to any fatality that occurs as a result of another person’s actions or neglect. Examples of places where a wrongful death may occur include:

  • Workplace
  • Traffic accident
  • Crime scene
  • Medical facility

How does medical malpractice lead to wrongful death?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed after someone dies as a result of medical malpractice. The most common reasons for filing wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgery errors
  • Treatment errors

Wrongful death claims can be complicated

Both wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuits can be complex. When your lawsuit alleges both have occurred, gathering evidence can be a very harrowing experience. As traumatic and difficult as these experiences are, wrongful death claims and medical malpractice claims have a limited statute of limitations. Any action that you wish to take should be taken quickly.


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