Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Botched Surgery?

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 12:00pm by
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There are cases where wrongful death claims can be filed against hospitals, clinics and doctors. In fact, a recent wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital involves a former Hollywood actor who died after a surgical procedure.

Actor Bill Paxton’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor and hospital responsible for his failed heart surgery. Paxton, who starred in popular movies for decades, died 11 days after a surgical procedure to repair an aortic aneurysm. According to the family, the doctor failed to inform them about the high risks associated with the surgery and was not qualified to conduct the procedure.

The lawsuit also mentions the surgeon was not in the room when Paxton began to suffer life-threatening complications. Paxton experienced excessive bleeding, shock and multiple heart problems during the surgery. According to the lawsuit, the surgeon failed to return to the operating room after being informed about Paxton’s dire condition. The lawsuit alleges this led to additional complications that required a second corrective surgery. Paxton’s condition worsened over the course of the next ten days until he died.

Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits? Call Our Atlantic City Medical Malpractice Lawyers

There are multiple types of medical mistakes that can result in death. Diagnostic errors, surgical mistakes and errors involving medications are responsible for thousands of deaths in the US each year. If medical malpractice is responsible for your loved one’s death, then you may be able to seek compensation.

Your case would need to meet certain criteria to be successful. You would need to show the institution or doctor was somehow negligent and that your loved one suffered damages as a result of the negligence. If you lost a loved one to a medical mistake, the Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers at Donald G. Targan & Associates could help you make this determination.

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