Doctors, surgeons, and others alike are relied on by patients for their expertise in medicine. When an individual seeks medical advice and/or treatment from a healthcare professional, they expect to be provided with the same level of care they would receive had they gone anywhere else. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals are as cautious and careful as they should be when prescribing medications, diagnosing patients, or performing medical procedures.
When a medical professional becomes too lax or inattentive while treating patients, it can lead to them making serious and even deadly mistakes. In the event a physician makes a mistake that causes someone to pass away, they may be recognized for medical negligence and held liable for compensating the surviving family members of the individual.
Examples of Medical Negligence
- A medical professional discharged a patient too early from the hospital. Because most hospitals see an influx of patients regularly, doctors will often try and get them in and out as quickly as possible to avoid from having the facility become overcrowded. But, if a physician ignored certain signs that later led to the passing of an individual, he/she or even the hospital could potentially be held liable for that person’s death.
- A doctor made a mistake while performing surgery. If a physician performed surgery at the wrong site or made a mistake in the process of performing the procedure which led to an individual suffering fatal injuries, they may be recognized for medical malpractice and sued for wrongful death.
- A physician prescribed a patient with medication they were allergic to. If a physician failed to review a patient’s medical chart that outlined the medications he/she was allergic to before prescribing a medication to him/her and that medicine caused them to have a fatal allergic reaction, the doctor could be held liable.
If an individual’s spouse, parent, sibling, or any other relative suffered fatal injuries as a result of a medical mistake, they should consult with a Colorado wrongful death lawyer who can determine if they have a viable case against the doctor and/or the facility they practice out of.
Who can sue for wrongful death in Colorado?
Colorado law permits certain family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against another party such as a doctor, surgeon, hospital, etc. These include:
- The spouse of the decedent.
- The heirs of the decedent.
- The designated beneficiary of the decedent.
- The decedent’s estate.
Contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC to Better Understand the Wrongful Death Lawsuit Process
Losing someone unexpectedly to an accident that could have been prevented isn’t easy to accept. If an individual recently lost someone they love and their death was caused by a medical error, they should discuss filing a wrongful death lawsuit with a Colorado wrongful death attorney. The lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can help a family member with a viable case file a lawsuit against a negligent party and potentially recover compensation to help cover burial and funeral costs, loss of dependency, and more.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110