The information you have provided contains a number of red flags that I would ordinarily use to spur an investigation into a suspected wrongful death. First, you have a post-op death case resulting from a supposedly successful surgery. Second, you have what sounds like clear surgical complications that apparently were not addressed at all. Third, you have witnesses who were concerned enough to request a higher level of care, which requests were ignored. Fourth, you have abnormal blood work in a patient who died of sepsis. Fifth, you have physicians refusing to sign the death certificate. And finally, you have a hospital volunteering to pay for a private autopsy, which rarely happens and in my experience never happens unless the hospital knows something really bad happened. I suggest you find the best qualified medical malpractice attorney in your locale for a complete investigation.
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A local malpractice lawyer would need to order all his medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
Consult a medical malpractice attorney to investigate the hospital's conduct and I'm sorry for your loss.
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First, i am sorry for what your family has been through and hope that you are able to find answers. I am not licensed in CA and can give you only general advice. You will need to contact a local lawyer. You will have to prove that the lack of care substantially contributed to your father's death. The fact that you have an autopsy will be very beneficial. Without one the case may have been impossible to prove. Your attorney will find an expert who reviews the records and autopsy and will tell you whether the substandard care was a cause of his passing. God bless you.
Please accept my condolences.
First, ask the hospital for the copy of his entire medical chat, including the autopsy report, the lab results, nursing notes, doctor's orders, etc. Second, see a medical malpractice lawyer promptly.
I do these types of cases and will gladly review yours if you'd like.
Surgery, while television teaches that it can be done by Doogie Howser and his pen knife, is still quite an amazing medical feat... and a very traumatic experience on a human body. Infections, bleeding, nerve damage, and scar formation may be encountered after even a well-performed surgery. However, botched surgeries are all too common and telling the difference between a botched surgery and an unfortunate outcome requires quite a bit of medical knowledge.
The first place a person who feels he or she (or his or her loved one) has fallen victim to medical negligence should turn is an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Said attorney will review the records and advise as to whether the standard of care was breached (that's lawyer speak for "botched").
Fortunately, many of us medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and take cases on contingency. Thus, there is nothing to fear when calling.
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I am very sorry for your loss.
You need to contact an attorney immediately as there are very strict statutes of limitation in medical malpractice. You also need to get the records immediately if you have not done so already. You need to consult an attorney who will then consult an expert to determine whether the surgeon's conduct fell below the standard of care.
I wish you the best of luck in obtaining a positive outcome in this matter.
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Sacramento, Ca 95814
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I am sorry for the loss of your father.You have been given great advice by the other attorneys. There are issues that should be evaluated by a local attorney experienced in malpractice cases. Having a private autopsy will give your attorney the ability to have his/her own independent experts come to their own conclusions by reviewing the slides and tissue samples as to what the cause of your father's death was.
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