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Failure to Diagnose or Treat Sepsis Can Result in Wrongful Death – Know Your Rights

Failure to DiagnoseSepsis is a swift and dangerous condition, one in which infection enters the bloodstream and then spreads through the body. If not caught early, it can easily lead to death. If that death occurs while the patient was supposed to be monitored, perhaps after surgery or childbirth, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about your rights in a wrongful death medical malpractice case, and discover how an experienced attorney can help.

Failure to Diagnose or Treat Sepsis

When patients are under the care of a physician or licensed practitioner, they are supposed to be regularly monitored. Individuals who have recently undergone surgery or given birth are of particular concern because they are considered to be at an elevated risk for certain infections (including sepsis). Sadly, if the signs of sepsis or another infection are missed, it may be too late to save the patient’s life. Alternatively, if sepsis or another infection is discovered and not treated, the patient is likely to suffer a fatality. In such situations (and others), there may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Widower Awarded $20 Million After Wife’s Death

One of the most recent cases involving sepsis and wrongful death involves the death of a young, new mother. She had been released from the hospital shortly after giving birth but had returned to the emergency room, complaining of nausea and fever. Blood tests revealed that she had sepsis, but the nurse practitioner who attended to her in the emergency room sent her home anyway. The young mom then returned to the hospital 12 hours later, but it was already too late. She died less than a week after giving birth. Her husband, now a widow, was recently awarded $20 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Pursuing Compensation in Your Wrongful Death Case

Seeking compensation in a wrongful death case can be both stressful and complicated. Surviving families, who are already racked with guilt, carry the burden of proof and they often find themselves up against a team of attorneys – all of which are there to protect the physician. Do not go into your case unprotected; instead, contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer.

At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we fight for the rights and best interests of medical malpractice victims and their families. Dedicated and experienced, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible in every situation. Learn more about how our San Jose medical malpractice attorneys can assist with your wrongful death case. Call (408) 289-1417 and schedule your personalized consultation today.

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