When a doctor's failure to exercise reasonable care results in the death of a patient, the patient's family is left to pick up the pieces. Frequently, the family is facing huge medical bills and the loss of an income. Of course, the greatest loss is the loss of the love, care and affection of the family member who has died. While nothing can bring the family member back, the law does provide a means to attempt to compensate the family members the loss they have suffered.
Advocating For Families Following Medical Malpractice And Wrongful Death
At Garau Germano, P.C., we have significant experience in pursuing wrongful death claims arising from medical malpractice. When medical malpractice results in the death of a patient, we will aggressively pursue the claim in order to hold the responsible health care providers accountable for the profound loss they have caused.
When medical malpractice results in the death of a patient in Indiana, multiple Indiana statutes are brought into play. The Indiana Medical Malpractice Act governs almost all claims of medical malpractice brought in Indiana. However, when malpractice results in death, the provisions of Indiana's various wrongful death statutes are also applicable. Indiana has a general adult wrongful death statute, a child wrongful death statute and an adult without dependents wrongful death statute. Each of these statutes provides different remedies and has different limitations on the remedy available.
Our lawyers are experienced at navigating the various statutes governing claims of wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, and working to assure that our clients receive the maximum remedy permitted by law. Some examples of medical malpractice claims resulting in death that our attorneys have successfully handled include:
- A cardiologist fails to promptly address his patient's bleed following a cardiac catheterization, resulting in cardiac tamponade, cardiac arrest and death.
- A general surgeon fails to follow up on signs of post-surgical bleeding, resulting in the patient's death.
- A general surgeon orders the removal of a nasogastric tube despite his patient's persistent vomiting. After removal of the tube, the patient vomits, aspirates and dies.
In pursuing these claims, we will thoroughly investigate all medical records and documents, including previous tests, doctor's visits and procedures. Our firm works with skilled medical professionals to build a solid, well-prepared case on your behalf. You can be assured that our attorneys are dedicated to each case and will be by your side, advocating for your family each step along the way.
If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, please call us. We are committed to helping you. Contact us by calling our Indianapolis, Indiana, firm at 317-643-4232 or toll free at 800-631-6743.