I’m very sorry to hear about your father. The only way to know if there was malpractice is to retain a local med mal lawyer who can order the medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
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You need to hire an attorney to review the medical records and advise you if he/she thinks there is a valid claim. Best of luck and sorry for your loss.
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I would demand more information from the hospital. Absent a clear illness or medical problem, "natural causes"should not be given as a general label.
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If you truly wish to explore a medical negligence claim, an autopsy will be necessary. Most cases with facts such as these will demand an autopsy be performed. See, it isn't enough just to show that some doctor or nurse committed an error. A plaintiff must also show how the patient died, why, what conditions they suffered, and the precise cause of death...this is the only way to attach the errors to the death. Cause-and-effect. A death certificate is just a government document with causes of death that represent the best guesses of the doctor that called it. It's not a scientific determination of death like an autopsy.
Keep in mind that you might pay for an autopsy only to learn that the death couldn't have been avoided.
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