The advancement in pharmaceutical therapies and medical technology over the years has saved and prolonged many lives. Unfortunately, along with the improvements, incorrect medical treatment or surgical errors can also cause injury and death. In some instances, medical malpractice attorneys in Delaware may be able to help malpractice victims and/or their families to pursue compensation in civil court for injury and death related expenses.
In another state, the family of a deceased woman has learned the complexity of the judicial system as their case is being processed in the courts. They sadly lost a loved one after surgical attempt was made to remove a cancerous tumor. During the surgery, a vein was badly damaged. That resulted in hemorrhage and her death.
The patient’s estate chose to seek compensation from her two surgeons, the university the surgeons worked for and the hospital where the surgery took place. The hospital maintains a relationship with the university that employed the physicians in order for medical students to gain hands-on experience. In a hearing, a circuit court judge ruled that the teaching hospital did not have responsibility in the woman’s death and should not be a defendant. After an appeals court agreed with the circuit judge, they woman’s estate took the case to the state’s Supreme Court to challenge the previous decisions.
Although the state’s Supreme Court ruled that the teaching hospital was not responsible for the surgical errors that may have led to the woman’s death, the other parties may still be held responsible. The aftermath of handling medical and unexpected funeral expenses can be expensive for families. Delaware medical malpractice attorneys are able to advise families and provide ongoing support during the entire litigation process.
Source: health.wusf.usf.edu, “Tampa General Cleared In Malpractice Dispute“, March 19, 2017