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What Happens When a Doctor’s Error Causes Death?

We trust our doctors to take care of us and our loved ones. But what happens when a doctor’s error causes death?

At Anderson & Anderson, a personal injury lawyer from our team is ready to help you take action when a doctor is negligent with a loved one’s health and well-being. Here are a few things that happen when a doctor’s error turns deadly.

Proving Medical Negligence

If you believe a doctor was careless and should be held responsible for your loss, you may need to first prove they were negligent. Doctors have a duty of care to their patients, and if they fail to meet that duty, they can be held responsible for your loved one’s passing.

For example, they may have ignored symptoms of brain damage following a serious fall. They may have dismissed your loved one’s symptoms and failed to treat them correctly. An investigation with a Tampa wrongful death attorney can help you determine whether the doctor was careless and failed to act.

Eligibility for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Once you have evidence that the doctor failed to meet their duty of care, you then need to determine who’s responsible for a lawsuit. Because the injured party is deceased, someone else has to pursue the legal claim.

In Florida, only the deceased’s personal representative can file a wrongful death claim. Family members are eligible for compensation through this lawsuit. The deceased’s spouse, children, or parents, for example, can receive compensation through the lawsuit.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Fatal Doctor Error

When you’ve lost a loved one because of a doctor’s error, things may happen quickly. It can be difficult to know what to expect and what to do when you suspect a doctor acted carelessly.

If you’ve lost a loved one because a doctor was careless, you may have options for compensation. You don’t have to just accept the doctor’s carelessness and try to move on. You can seek out help from the lawyers at Anderson & Anderson, starting with a free consultation. Reach out for yours by calling 813-251-0072 or by completing the online contact form below.