Posted on April 30, 2012When your family has been hit with an unexpected death, it can cause a lot of stress. The impact of this is even more traumatic when you learn that it was a wrongful death caused by medical malpractice.
Types of Medical Malpractice That Can Result in Wrongful Death
There are all different types of medical malpractice that can cause wrongful death. It can happen at the hands of a physician, surgeon, dentist, nurse, anesthesiologist, pharmacist or any other medical professional responsible for the care of your loved one.
It can occur at a clinic, hospital or pharmacy. Any medical setting in which someone you love has received treatment could be held liable in a Kentucky medical malpractice claim.
One common type of medical malpractice that may result in wrongful death is surgery. Surgical errors range from accidentally cutting an organ to performing an operation on the wrong patient. Infections that develop after surgery also can turn fatal.
Mistakes with medication are another type of medical malpractice that may lead to the wrongful death of a patient. Prescribing the wrong kind or dosage is just one example. Medication mistakes can result from tainted IVs or incorrectly administering a drug.
Another type of medical malpractice is failure to diagnose or providing a wrong diagnosis. A condition that isn’t properly diagnosed and treated can become fatal. Or a patient may be given the incorrect diagnosis and receive harmful, unnecessary treatment.
Failing to monitor a patient or recognize signs of distress could lead to a wrongful death. Overlooking potential problems could result in deadly consequences.
No matter what type of medical malpractice your loved one has been the victim of, it may have been preventable. In that case, it could lead to a medical professional being held liable for his or her death.