My father died in surgery. I received his life insurance payment, but it’s barely enough to cover his medical bills. Should I sue the hospital for malpractice?

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It depends. There are many factors that must be investigated after a loved one dies, and it can be hard to tell if the accident was avoidable. 

For example, if your relative knew that he was undergoing a risky procedure and signed a consent form saying he understood, there may have been no foul play involved. However, if he developed an infection from unsterilized surgical equipment, you would have a fairly strong case.

The most important part of your Kentucky medical malpractice case is the investigation. We must establish who was there, why the accident happened, and what the risks of the procedure were. This involves gathering medical records, surgical reports, witnesses, and speaking with hospital administrators to get to the bottom of what happened.

The benefits of these lawsuits can help survivors cope with the costs of a relative’s passing. The at-fault party may be liable for funeral costs, medical bills, and a loss of future income for you and your family. In some cases, responsible doctors must pay punitive damages or may even lose their ability to practice—a way of ensuring that the accident does not happen again.

The important thing to remember is that every case is different, and the smallest details can make a big difference in your case. The attorneys at Gray and White can listen to your story and tell you if you should pursue a Louisville wrongful death case. Call us today at (800) 634-8767 to start your FREE legal consultation.