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Hospital conceals evidence, loses medical malpractice lawsuit

Floridians may not think about the law when they go to the hospital for a check-up or an operation. Yet, knowing one's legal rights can be extremely important when something goes wrong with the medical care and injuries result. It may also be helpful to familiarize one's self with the dangers posed by negligent medical professionals so he or she can make better healthcare decisions. One Florida lawsuit may help raise such awareness.

In that case, a son sued Broward Health after a medical mistake led to his father's death. The man's father, who was a well-known civic leader in the area heading up the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, was killed when, during a knee surgery, doctors failed to give the man blood thinners. As a result, the father developed blood clots in his leg that migrated to his lung, causing a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Recently, the court determined the hospital concealed evidence in the case, thereby eliminating its defense. The ruling resulted in an undisclosed settlement in favor of the son. The hospital admits mistakes were made in presenting evidence, but that those mishaps were innocent and not meant to deceive.

Losing a loved one to a hospital mistake can leave a family shattered. When the emotional and financial loss becomes overwhelming, an attorney can help the family become aware of and consider legal options. If hospital negligence causes death, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be the best option.

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to recover compensation for a lost loved one's family for damages caused to them and the deceased. Awards from a successful suit may include medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and lost wages. To obtain this compensation, the family must show the doctor and/or hospital's negligence caused their loved one's death. An experienced Florida attorney will question every aspect of the defense's case, including evidentiary issues, to seek a favorable outcome for the family. This may mean negotiating a settlement or presenting zealous arguments in court.

Losing a loved one may be the most difficult thing to deal with in life. A competent and understanding attorney can help make the legal process as easy as possible, hopefully getting them the compensation they need while punishing the wrongdoers and raising awareness of hospital negligence and patient safety.

Source: The Sun Sentinel, "Son wins malpractice suit in dad's death," Robert Nolin, Oct. 20, 2013

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