What to do if I thnk that a hospital and/or doctors were responsible for my daughters death?

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What to do if I thnk that a hospital and/or doctors were responsible for my daughters death?

She was transferred to this hospital to have a PDA ligation fixed. She got staff infection while there. Had a new infection every other week. We brought her home. She was on oxygen and an apnea monitor. She died 6 days later. The monitor never went off until she died. The autopsy showed she died of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. She had been diagnosed with this at the hospital but we had never been informed. The coroner also said that there was no evidence of her ever having surgery on heart and the left side of her heart was bigger than the other. Also, the doctor or nurse never told me or my husband signs to look for if something was wrong due to the diagnosed disease.

Asked on March 31, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Nebraska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In order for someone to sue for medical malpractice (or for a family to sue for a wrongful death, as in your case), there need to be damages that were suffered as the result of someone's (or an entity's) negligence. Clearly, harm was suffered here but whether or not it was sue to the hospital's and/or doctor's negligence is not completely clear. That having been said, it does appear that there may have in fact be one or more negligent acts at play in your daughter's death.

At this point, you should meet directly with a personal injury attorney in your area. An initial consultation in such a case is typically free. Once your lawyer has heard all of the facts of your situation, they will best be able to advise as to what your next step might be.


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