For years, the leading causes of death in the United States have been heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses and accidents. Until very recently, the metrics did not include those who perished due to easily preventable causes, such as medical mistakes. Physicians in New Mexico and around the country are now paying more attention to the findings that indicate medical malpractice is the third most prevalent cause of death in this country.
Readers in New Mexico may be interested in a case involving a woman who was given improper medication in Dec. 2014. According to court records from the wrongful death lawsuit, the woman was a 65-year-old hospital patient. The specific reason she was in the hospital was not reported, but she was supposed to be provided with an anti-seizure medication. Unfortunately, she was given a paralyzing agent in her IV instead.
It is impossible to fully compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, it may help for New Mexico residents to know that it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the responsible party if the death of a loved one was the result of professional misconduct or negligence of another individual, such as a health care professional. A woman from another state has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several defendants that were involved in her husband's dialysis treatment. In this legal claim, she is alleging that medical malpractice occurred and resulted in the death of her husband.
Doctors nationwide, including here in New Mexico, have a responsibility to provide care of an acceptable standard to all patients. Medical procedures may not be carried out without the consent of the patient, and doctors must explain the risks involved before asking patients to sign consent forms. A medical facility and several physicians in another state were named as defendants in a recent lawsuit that was filed by a man alleging medical negligence.
Many people know that drugs can impact the way one's mind and body work. When a person comes off of those drugs, without having more drugs to take to get the next high, it can produce some alarming side effects. In some cases, these may need medical attention, which may have been the case with a female inmate in a county jail in a state outside of New Mexico who has recently died. As a result, the woman's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against numerous defendants, including the sheriff, the medical staff at the jail and others.
When New Mexico residents are at home and need medical help, it is not uncommon to pick up the phone and dial 911. In most cases, emergency personnel will come to the home quickly and provide medical assistance. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, which is what has opened up one city in another state to a potentially expensive wrongful death lawsuit.