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Who can I sue when a loved one died from medical negligence?

Losing a loved one due to a medical mistake - something that should have been avoided - can be a heartbreaking experience for an Oklahoma resident. When this happens, family members typically want to punish the offender in order to ensure that justice is served. However, medical malpractice cases are difficult to pursue. There are many elements in play, and with so many medical staff members often involved proving fault can be extremely challenging. That's why it is important to understand your rights and options.

Medical negligence can be caused by numerous entities. Not only are doctors potential defendants, but so are anesthesiologists, nurses, hospitals and drug manufacturers. For example, hospitals can be sued for malpractice if it can be proven that they made reckless hiring decisions. This would include hiring doctors with suspended licenses, criminal histories or previous malpractice claims against them. Hospitals must also hire enough nurses and assistants to prevent cases of inadequate medical care for patients.

In most cases, the cause of the negligence is a medical professional. There are cases, however, of negligent behavior on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. There are almost no drugs without side effects, but the company must adequately inform doctors and patients of the potential risks. Prescription drugs must be reasonably safe to some degree, so if every person who uses it becomes seriously ill, disabled or even dies, then the drug is dangerous and the pharmaceutical company could be held liable.

Medical malpractice cases can be complicated, lengthy and costly. If your loved one has died from a fatal accident, it's a good idea to get more information in order to determine your rights to compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Malpractice: Who Can Be Sued?," accessed Oct. 18, 2014

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