Q: Can I sue for wrongful death if a doctor signed off on the wrong cause of death
A wrongful death claim in Florida is a claim against a person/company who/which is legally responsible for causing (in whole or in part) a family member's death. It is focused on recovering damages for for act or omission causing death
An incorrectly listed cause of death upon a death certificate would not qualify, as this error did not cause, in whole or in part, the death itself. The Death Certificate may be amended to reflect a correction.
A: Yes. Contact a member of the Florida Justice Assn--they give free consultations. All the best to you and the family during this time.
A: Mr. Hughes is correct. Only if the death was caused by carelessness can you make a claim, and that would be against the doctors involved and any hospital involved, but not the person who only signs the death certificate. If you think there was malpractice consult a member of the Fla. Justice Assn that handles medical cases--they five free consults.
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