Jacksonville, FL asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Florida

Q: Does someone have grounds for medical malpractice if the cause of death was not caused by surgery?

The patient had foot surgery, was in a care facility where they were supposed to have physical therapy and heal, stayed longer because of podiatrist's orders, wasn't until patient was taken to next podiatrist appointment that the doctor noticed she wasn't well and they called emergency, ended up in the ICU, and died of sepsis. All could have been avoidable with more staff, more attentive staff, more than one doctor, better care at care facility.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm very sorry for the loss of the patient. Based on the brief post, attorneys here could agree with you that closer observation could have been a factor. But the most definitive way to answer your question would be to try set up a consult with a law firm that handles such cases. Most firms offer free initial consults; some even offer virtual consults over zoom or similar platforms. If attorneys felt there could be grounds for a viable case, they could retrieve the medical file and review with health care professionals. Good luck

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