Like many grieving family members, you may be tempted to think that your ailing loved one’s death was only a matter of time. She had been on life support, and while you thought she was getting better, there was no real way to tell if her death was simply a natural occurrence of her condition.
Or is there? Our Louisville medical malpractice attorneys know that just because someone died while on life support does not mean the death occurred naturally. In fact, many such deaths are caused by negligence or mistakes in hospital care, including:
- Overmedication. Many patients who suffer an overdose of anesthesia during surgery may be in a coma for weeks afterward. If they are sedated past recovery, families may erroneously believe the death was caused by surgical complications.
- Failure to monitor. Many hospitals are overcrowded, leaving staff rushing to check the vital signs of each patient during surgical recovery. Patients must be monitored carefully, as they may easily develop post-operative infections or internal bleeding, both of which have extremely subtle symptoms.
- Lack of communication. Nurses may notice something wrong with a patient but fail to notify the doctor or incoming shift staff about the issue, or they may fail to make a notation in the patient’s medical chart.
If someone in your family died after surgery at Nortons Hospital in KY, we can help you find the answers you need. At Gray and White, our attorneys can get medical records and call witnesses to examine what really happened in your relative’s surgery room—and we don’t charge you anything unless we win your case. Call today at (800) 634-8767 or click the contact link on this page to begin your FREE consultation.