An 84-year-old man’s son is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Northern Ohio after his father passed away at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital in November 2007. The lawsuit claims that the man’s father passed away as a direct result of doctor’s failure to diagnose or treat prostate cancer.

According to the lawsuit, the deceased man was a patient at the hospital from 2006 through September 2007. Unfortunately, the lawsuit is apparently missing a key element to make it a valid medical malpractice claim.

Defending medical malpractice attorneys say that the son is missing an affidavit of merit by a physician. This type of affidavit essentially confirms in writing that a physician believes that the medical malpractice by the other doctors caused the injuries or wrongful death suffered by the victim, and is a typical component of tort reform in states like Ohio seeking to curb “frivolous lawsuits.”

The County Health Department listed severe pneumonia, congestive heart failure, acute respiratory failure, as well as medistatic stage four prostate cancer as the causes of the man’s death.

If you or one of your loved ones has suffered a wrongful death or has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation. To learn more, please schedule an initial consultation with Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A., Columbus, Ohio medical malpractice attorneys.