You can request an autopsy through the hospital. I also suggest that you find out if your father's employer was a Workers' Compensation subscriber. If so, and depending on his cause of death, his survivors may be able to apply for death benefits.
The first question is whether your father's employer was a Workers' Compensation subscriber. If so, there is likely a complete bar to a lawsuit. If not, the people who could sue would be defined by the Texas wrongful death statute, And would include his surviving spouse, children or parents. If the death occurred out-of-state, this analysis could be different. I encourage you to contact an attorney to discuss your case.
I am very sorry to hear about your terrible loss.
Medical malpractice cases in Texas have a number of unique hurdles because of tort reform laws. That is why it is important to select an attorney with significant experience in handling medical malpractice cases.
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I am sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. The question of whether or not you have a viable medical malpractice lawsuit depends on what an expert physician says after review of the medical records. I suggest that you contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney to help evaluate your case.
First of all, I am sorry to hear what you have gone through. From a legal perspective, though, I do not believe that the injury and disfigurement that you have described are sufficient to justify the significant expense of a medical malpractice lawsuit. In my opinion, your best bet is to seek treatment from a plastic surgeon.
I am sorry to hear about your stroke. I recommend that you contact an attorney who handles medical malpractice claims in Texas to discuss your potential case. Please feel free to contact me at www.painterfirm.com, 281-580-8800.
Please provide some more information about what the long-term harm or damage you have had because of this poor care. This information is important for determining whether your potential case is economically viable. I have handled cases similar to this, for example: http://www.painterfirm.com/a/132/Lawsuit-over-botched-gastric-surgery-on-43-year-old-Conroe-woman. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your potential case, at 281-580-8800 or through Avvo.
Section 217.11(1)(C)-(D) of the Texas Board of Nursing Rules & Regulations require nurses to: (1) know the rationale for and the effects of medications and treatments and shall correctly administer the same; and (2) accurately and completely report and document the client’s status including signs and symptoms, as well as administration of medications and treatments and the patient's responses.
If you have permanent injuries as a result of the substandard care that you have experienced, I...
I am sorry to hear this sad situation. In order to determine if there is a viable medical malpractice case, you need to find out whether or not the misdiagnosis and delay in proper treatment has caused significant harm to your mother. The major question is whether or not proper, timely treatment would've prevented your mother's death. I recommend that you contact a qualified medical practice attorney in your area to discuss your case.
If there are no serious or permanent injuries, this would not likely be a matter to pursue in court. I recommend that your friend take some time to see what improvement occurs before deciding. The statute of limitations is two years.