Most Floridians trust their doctors. When they make a medical diagnosis and recommend treatment options, these patients typically listen, and for good reason. Doctors spend years studying the human body, illnesses, injuries, and procedures in order to adequately provide healthcare to their patients. However, no amount of education and training can prevent human error and, unfortunately, these errors are often at the expense of patients’ safety.

An example can be seen in the case of Marvin Hamlisch, who died in 2012. Hamlisch’s widow, Terre Blair, has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Hamlisch’s doctor, claiming a kidney transplant and a failure to diagnose difficulties led to the composer’s death. Blair stated in her claim that Hamlisch’s doctor cleared him for travel even though he was suffering from several severe symptoms, including nausea, low blood pressure, weakness, and breathlessness. Hamlisch then flew to Los Angeles where he collapsed and went into a coma. He later died.

Sadly, our doctors do not always give us the treatment and medical advice we need and deserve. When this happens, as can be seen by the above case, the results can be tragic. Fortunately, though, the civil legal system provides medical malpractice victims and their families a way to recover their losses and hold doctor’s accountable for hospital mistakes.

In Florida, there are many dedicated, experienced medical malpractice attorneys ready and willing to help these individuals with their situation. By speaking to one of these attorneys, a victim and/or his or her family can learn how best to proceed on a claim and give themselves a chance at finding closure, justice, and financial stability.

Source: Music Times, “Marvin Hamlisch’s Widow, Terre Blair, Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Composer’s Death,” Ian Holubiak, Oct. 10 2014