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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving a Colorado Hospital

Medical malpractice is a nightmare for Colorado families; the experts they trusted to keep their families safe and healthy have betrayed their trust irrevocably. The very worst cases of medical malpractice can end in a patient’s premature death.

Perhaps you suspect that your loved one died due to medical malpractice—but how will you prove this in a court of law? Should you file a criminal or civil suit? If your loved one’s death was caused by the direct malicious act of an individual (i.e. an “angel of death”), this is a felony and should be tried in a criminal court. Most commonly, however, victims of medical malpractice are victims to the negligence and carelessness of the hospital staff and administration.

When patients die due to medical malpractice, their loved ones are eligible to file a wrongful death suit, which would be handled in a civil court with the help of a qualified Colorado wrongful death attorney. Most suits of this kind are negotiated by a personal injury lawyer in Colorado during financial settlement talks to avoid expensive court costs, but occasionally, if a negligent party refuses to pay the victims of their actions what they are owed, these cases could go to court.

When are Hospitals and Medical Providers Liable for Wrongful Death?
  • A hospital could be held liable if a patient contracts an infection or virus (such as COVID-19) due to a hospital’s failure to take proper containment and/or sanitation measures
  • A medical provider could be held responsible for a patient’s wrongful death if their wrongful actions (for example, a nurse forgetting to provide vital medication or a surgeon attempting a procedure while intoxicated) directly lead to the death of their patient
  • Botched surgeries or medical treatments that are the result of provider negligence are grounds for a wrongful death suit
  • If a doctor’s lack of contemporary knowledge leads to continued misdiagnoses that prevent patients from receiving necessary medical attention, they could be held liable for wrongful death
  • Hospitals must keep their facilities clean, germ-free, and up to state and national safety standards. Failure to do so could lead to patients contracting secondary infections or developing severe complications during routine surgeries, leading to their eventual deaths
  • If a hospital campus does not provide adequate accessibility options and patients are killed due to complications sustained in a slip-and-fall accident or serious fall, the hospital’s negligence could be considered a major cause in the deceased patient’s death
  • If a hospital’s testing equipment is outdated or contaminated, important early signs of disease could be lost due to this negligence on the part of hospital staff

Please keep in mind that the statute of limitations for wrongful death suits in Colorado is two years after the time of death. While taking care of your family in your time of grief, it is also important to hire a personal injury lawyer in Colorado as soon as is reasonably possible to have the best chance of a successful wrongful death suit.

Medical malpractice/negligence can be difficult to successfully establish unless you have an experienced wrongful death attorney presenting the facts and protecting your family’s rights.

Colorado Wrongful Death Attorney James Shaw

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of hospital staff or administration, contact Colorado Attorney James Shaw to begin the process of filing your wrongful death claim now. Call toll-free at 1-800-555-0101 for a no-cost and no-obligation initial consultation with this world-class personal injury attorney.

Personal injury lawyer James Shaw believes that negligent medical practitioners should be held financially and legally responsible for the consequences of their actions. You deserve justice for the wrongful death of your loved one due to medical malpractice and negligence and the guilty parties deserve to be held accountable so no other family will have to suffer the same pain as you and your family.

Visits with the Attorney are by appointment only. Main office San Antonio, Texas.

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