When you take a loved one to a doctor or hospital, you expect that competent medical care will be recieved. But sometimes, medical errors can cause or contribute to a loved one’s death. In fact, medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. Under pressure from the health insurance industry to reduce costs, the practice of medicine struggles to maintain adequate patient care. Sometimes, the medical profession simply does not have adequate safeguards in place to anticipate and prevent common errors. Consequently, your loved one may not have gotten the attention he or she needed to prevent an untimely death.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of a medical error, a wrongful death lawsuit may provide compensation for your loss. Nothing can replace your loved one, but financial compensation can take care of bills, including medical bills, that are piling up because of your loved one’s death. To learn whether you may be entitled to compensation for your loss, please call Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., LPA in Columbus, Ohio for a free initial consultation today: (614) 766-2000.

Medical Errors Are Common

Medical errors, legally described as medical malpractice, are one of the leading causes of death in the US. Estimates say as many as 200,000 people may die every year as a result of preventable medical errors.  Another 100,000 or more are estimated to die as a result of adverse reactions to dangerous drugs. If these estimates are accurate, then medical errors the third most common cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer.  According to a Healthgrades study, the most common types of preventable medical errors that result in death are:

  • Failure to diagnose or treat
  • Unexpected death in a low-risk hospitalization
  • Pressure sores
  • Post-surgical pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
  • Post-surgical respiratory failure
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical Errors and Wrongful Death

A death that comes as a result of these types of medical negligence may be sufficient grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Many errors are the result of the medical profession trying to do more with less. For instance, pressure sores, which can affect people in nursing homes, are preventable by moving a bedridden patient frequently. Similarly, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and respiratory failure after surgery can be prevented by closely monitoring at-risk patients.

Medical Errors Are Not Just a Doctor’s Error

Although a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider may have been present when a medical error occurs, such error was often caused by a system that fails to provide healthcare providers with adequate training, tools, or time needed to do the job right. Sometimes, resources are minimized to maximize profits.  When this occurs, the quality of patient care can suffer.

There is nothing wrong with healthcare facilities earning a profit. But earning a profit should not be placed ahead of quality patient care.  A wrongful death lawsuit has the ability to hold healthcare facilities accountable for damages caused by their sacrifice of patient care in favor of higher profits.

Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers

Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., LPA is a law firm dedicated to standing up for the rights of consumers, especially those who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of individuals and corporations. We believe that no one should go uncompensated for damages suffered at the hands of a wrongdoer.  By holding negligent parties accountable for a wrongful death, we believe that future injuries and deaths can be prevented.

After the death of a loved one, you are grieving and should not have to deal with excessive bills. When you bring your case to us, we will use our resources to get you the compensation you deserve.

The law places strict limits on the time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you do not act quickly enough, important legal rights may be lost forever. We can help you understand your potential legal rights and how to protect them. Please contact our law firm in Columbus, Ohio, by using the form on the right side of this Web page, or calling to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us locally at (614) 766-2000.