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Is it medical negligence/wrongful death when a surgical procedure is done by interns not the doctor?

Cullman, AL |

A paracentsis was preformed in the patient's room without a sterile field, and no guided imagery to know the placement of the needle. There was three different first year interns that preformed the surgery without a physician to supervise. The patient has a massive bleed and dies the next day

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The bottom line is that all the medical records and bills would need to be ordered and sent to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.

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The mere fact that the interns did the procedure is not malpractice. Some issues are, were they competent to do it, did they need to be supervised, and what exactly did they do to cause the injury. What the patient was in the hospital for and who the patient was also has a bearing whether it would serve any purpose to sue. You need to call a medical malpractice lawyer in the state where this happened, and don't delay. Medical malpractice cases have short statutes of limitations, and if this was a public hospital, there may be notice requirements as well.

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