This blog often discusses medical mishaps that leave victims seriously injured. However, it is important for residents of Miami to realize that a hospital mistake can be deadly, leaving a victim’s family with extreme emotional and financial loss. When fatal medical malpractice occurs, it may be in a surviving family’s best interest to file a wrongful death lawsuit not only to recover its damages, but also to put a stop to the dangerous behavior that caused their loved one’s passing.

One man’s family is doing just that after he was allegedly killed as a result of hospital negligence. According to reports, the victim went to the doctor with extreme thirst, breathing difficulties, and fatigue. His doctor ran some tests and sent him home. The next day, when his condition did not improve, the man was taken back to the hospital where it was discovered he was suffering from kidney disease as well as a kidney injury. Over the next day, the victim’s doctor called in orders to treat the man, but never actually examined him in person. The wrongful death lawsuit claims this negligence caused the victim to perish the next day.

Doctors owe their patients a duty of care. When they fail to live up to the minimum standard of care and injuries or death result, then compensation may be awarded to the victim or his or her family. However, establishing the standard of care can be complicated as it may vary depending on the type of doctor, the location of the hospital, and the medical condition at hand. A south Florida attorney can conduct legal research on behalf of a victim or his or her family and use the research results to put together a solid legal argument in the victim or his or her family’s best interests.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it may be even more difficult knowing that it was completely preventable. By taking legal action, though, a victim’s family may be preventing negligent medical professionals from unnecessarily taking another’s life.

Source: The West Virginia Record, “Bluefield hospital, doctor face wrongful death suit,” Matt Russell, June 24, 2014