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My Loved One Died on the Operating Table. Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

IL injury lawyerSurgical procedures are common. Most people get some type of surgery at least once in their life. Sadly, not all surgeries end with a positive outcome. If your loved one died during or shortly after a surgical procedure, you may be searching for answers. You may wonder if a surgical mistake or another form of medical negligence caused your loved one’s death. You may also wonder if there is any way to seek justice for your deceased loved one. Each case is different, but sometimes death during or after surgery is caused by the irresponsible actions of a surgeon, doctor, anesthesiologist, or other medical professional. In cases like these, the victim’s surviving loved ones may be able to seek justice and financial compensation through a wrongful death claim.

Medical Malpractice and the Medical Standard of Care

Not every poor surgical outcome is the result of negligent medical care. Sometimes, doctors do everything right and the patient still passes away.

Medical malpractice occurs when the following elements are present:

  • A patient-doctor relationship is established.
  • The patient is injured or killed.
  • The patient’s injury or death is caused by the actions of medical staff or a medical facility.
  • The patient’s injury or death leads to damages such as funeral and burial expenses or additional medical bills.

The standard used to determine if a medical professional’s actions were negligent is the “medical standard of care.” This is generally defined as the type of care a medical worker of the same occupation would provide in the same circumstances. Medical malpractice lawyers use many different techniques to investigate a case and determine if medical negligence is to blame for a patient’s death. Input from experts in the medical field is often a crucial source of evidence in a case like this.

Wrongful Death Caused by Surgical Errors

A patient’s wrongful death on the operating table may be caused by countless factors. The anesthesiologist may have given the patient too much medication or failed to recognize signs of patient distress. The surgeon may have used an unreasonably risky technique or failed to properly respond to surgical complications. Even something as simple as failing to properly sterilize surgical equipment can lead to a fatal infection.

Contact a Lake County Wrongful Death Lawyer

If your loved one died during or after surgery, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to discuss your case. Our Waukegan medical malpractice lawyers can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death and help you determine whether medical negligence may be to blame. If your loved one’s death was avoidable, we will help you hold the at-fault party responsible.

Call us today at 847-662-3303 for a free, confidential case consultation.



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