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Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in thei...
Chris Largey is jurisprudence personified! He is first and foremost ethical and in these unpredictable times, ethics has become a rare trait. Mr. Largey possesses a deep understanding of the law as well as how it applies to people in their particular roles, be it judges, juries, attorneys, witnesses, doctors, hospitals, corporations and insurance companies. He also understands his clients needs and addresses them with honesty, compassion and always with their best interest at heart. Chris’s counsel is exemplary with regard to trusting his direction and recommendations of other professionals involved with handling a particular case as he utilizes only the best resources available. The staff of Largey Law are the finest I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, as they are professional, efficient and genuinely kind.
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their ...
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their firm to represent me. Chris Largey represented me and he along with his associate Kim Reno, well what can I say, they always had my best interest at heart. They not only made every step of the way as easy as possible, but always looked out for my best interest. They also made certain I received all the medical care I needed and handled all the paperwork involved with my claim. They were ALWAYS on top of every thing, every step of the way through to the claim settlement. They really cared about me, and on multiple occasions went above and beyond to help me through this this difficult situation, as during this my husband passed away from leukemia. It was nice to know they were there for me and handling this. I so appreciate everything Chris and Kim and staff have done for me through this and in finalizing my settlement, thank you so much! All I can say is I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Largey Law, they are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and most of all, a caring group of folks.
What a great law firm! Very compassionate and understanding. Always got back with me in a timely manner. I definitely recommend!
Very thorough and professional... Will use them again if the need arises.
Can a Doctor Be Sued for Wrongful Death of a Patient?
- posted: Jun. 30, 2017
- Wrongful Death
When one person’s negligent acts or omissions lead to the death of another, that person can be sued for wrongful death, and medical professionals are certainly not exempt. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine caused a stir last year when they released a study claiming that medical errors killed more than 250,000 Americans every year. They urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately add medical errors to its annual list of the top causes of death, where it would have appeared third behind cancer and heart disease. So while medical malpractice does result in the wrongful death of patients and the victim’s next of kin can sue doctors for fatal malpractice, the question remains whether the victim’s family can prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence.
There are many difficulties associated with medical malpractice cases, especially those that arise from alleged fatal errors. The suing party must be able to establish:
- Proof of error — The fact that a patient died is not, by itself, proof that a doctor did anything wrong. Moreover, a doctor may have missed something, but it may have been something that nine out of 10 doctors also would have missed. For an error to be clear and actionable, there must be evidence that a doctor performed at a substandard level, making a mistake that a reasonably well-qualified doctor would not have made.
- Proof the error caused harm — Just because a doctor made a mistake and a patient got worse does not mean the error harmed the patient. Illnesses can be complex, so an error treating one aspect of the problem may just be coincidental to the patient’s waning health, not the cause.
- Proof the patient died from the harm caused — Similar to the problem above, a doctor can make a mistake that does, in fact, cause harm, but it might be some other complication that is fatal to the patient. To prevail in a wrongful death case, the plaintiffs must show direct causation from the physician’s mistake to the patient’s death.
For all of these reasons, medical malpractice cases are generally complex and highly technical. Attorneys for the family of the victim must thoroughly investigate medical records and speak to personnel who might have knowledge of the treatment in question. Attorneys for each side hire medical experts to testify, trying to convince the court to accept their version of the facts. Both sides rely on statistics that purport to show the likely outcome for a patient fitting the profile of the deceased. Fortunately for the plaintiffs, they need only prove their allegations by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning their assertions are more likely to be true than the defense’s rebuttals are.
If your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, trust Largey Law to fight aggressively for justice. To schedule an appointment with an experienced wrongful death lawyer at our firm, call 352-253-0456 or contact our office online.