From car accidents to workplace mishaps that never should have occurred, wrongful death cases take many forms. When it comes to these types of cases, there are many things for families to consider. For example, if you lost a loved one in Los Angeles because of someone else's negligent behavior, you should familiarize yourself with the statute of limitations for wrongful death in California.
When receiving medication in a hospital or medical setting in California and across the nation, the last thing a patient will think of is that there will be a mistake regarding dosage. To make matters worse, there are times when this is due to little more than a mathematical error. This is frequently considered to be due to a reluctance on the part of the United States to switch to the metric system. Many are advocating this switch due to the data indicating the number of errors that are made because of this.
When a person in Los Angeles goes to see a doctor with symptoms, they're expecting the correct diagnosis and treatment to take steps to solve the issue. If the doctor makes a mistake, there are times when the error is innocuous and no long-term damage is done. However, if there is the misdiagnosis of a fatal condition or symptoms that might indicate a potential fatal condition, it can result in a wrongful death. One particular medical problem that often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed is pulmonary embolism.
The Yermo Fire Department and others are facing litigation after the death of a husband and father on Nov. 8, 2013. The wrongful death suit filed by the man's wife and daughter alleges that improper training, a failure to implement a system of effective, coordinated emergency services and conscious disregard for a patient's needs all led to the man's death. A hearing is set for Jan. 5, but a defendant's attorney claims that the accusations are baseless.
Residents of California may know that pulmonary embolism is caused by a blot clot that may become lodged in the pulmonary arteries and restrict blood flow to the lungs and ultimately decrease the blood's oxygen levels. Potentially, this carries a risk to other organs. Pulmonary embolism is considered a life-threatening occurrence and requires emergency treatment.
According to a recent report, support for a measure that attempts to decrease the number of possible medical malpractice incidents in California is not stable. The report suggests that support for Proposition 46, which would raise caps on pain and suffering payouts and require drug testing of physicians, decreases after voters learn about the possible side effects the law might have on health care costs.
A lawsuit was recently filed in Los Angeles that was based on a very possible medical malpractice incident that occurred in July 2010. It was on this day that an 80-year-old woman was admitted to a medical center in Boyle Heights. Doctors determined that she had suffered a heart attack and pronounced her dead.