Your loved one died at Jewish Hospital, University Hospital, or another Louisville medical facility because something went wrong. If your loved one had received the right medication, the correct diagnosis, or the appropriate treatment then your loved one would still be living.
Unfortunately, that isn’t what happened—instead something happened, or didn’t happen, that caused your loved one’s death. Regardless of the specific circumstances of your loved one’s death, you and your family may be left grieving and angry. Your lives may be forever changed just as your loved one’s life is ended.
A Mistake in Medical Care and Medical Malpractice Are Not the Same Thing
Generally, in order for a medical mistake to be considered medical malpractice, the error must have been made by a doctor, nurse, or hospital who failed to act like a reasonably competent doctor, nurse, or hospital would’ve acted in similar circumstances. For example, if your loved one went to the hospital with classic signs of infection that a reasonable doctor would’ve diagnosed and treated, and your loved one was not provided that care and died as a result of the misdiagnosis, then the error may have been medical malpractice. However, if a competent doctor would’ve had trouble diagnosing the condition and reasonable doctors would’ve made the same medical decision as the doctor treating your loved one, then it might have been a medical mistake but not medical malpractice.
You Deserve to Know for Sure
It is not always easy to understand whether a medical mistake or medical malpractice was to blame for your loved one’s death. Accordingly, we invite you to contact us directly via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will help you understand what took the life of your loved one, and, if appropriate, we will help you fight for justice.