The loss of a loved one is no easy ordeal to go through. Most everyone will be affected by this type of event at some point in their lives, and though some deaths may have some sense of expectation due to illness or similar conditions, other losses may seem to come out of nowhere. If parties believe that negligence on the part of medical professionals contributed to a loved one's sudden death, they may consider filing a medical malpractice claim.
West Virginia residents may be interested in a wrongful death claim that was recently filed on behalf of late actor Bill Paxton. Reports indicated that Paxton had gone to the hospital in order to undergo heart surgery. Days after the procedure took place, Paxton suffered a stroke due to complications from the procedure, which proved fatal.
The actor's surviving family believe that the surgeon who performed the operation took a risky and unconventional avenue for conducting the procedure and also failed to disclose information regarding the risks of the operation. As a result, they have filed a lawsuit against the doctor and the hospital. The hospital did not provide a comment on the lawsuit, citing privacy laws regarding patient care.
When individuals lose a loved one after expecting a medical procedure to help him or her get better, it can feel as if they were given hope only to have it snatched away. This type of scenario can leave many people feeling even more devastated by the resulting deaths. If West Virginia residents have been the victims of similar situations in which they believe a loved one died unnecessarily due to medical negligence or errors, they may wish to consider finding out more information on medical malpractice claims.
Source: CNN, "Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death suit", Sandra Gonzalez, Feb. 13, 2018