My spouse died while under medical care. The medical record & the doctors' deposition indicate that they did not follow standard of care, which immediately resulted in my loved one's death. Our medical expert opines the same. The coroner declined jurisdiction without specifying a reason. Why would the coroner do this? The defendant (i.e. the hospital that employs the doctors) has approached me for settlement, but refuses to meet my request to correct the non-demographic data on the death certificate (i.e. the series of events that directly caused death, underlying disease that contributed to but did not directly cause death, & social history). Would error correction & monetary recovery in exchange for & my confidentiality (= plea bargain ) be a reasonable settlement? Why/why not?
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