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Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Florida Hospital

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on July 4, 2012

The parents of a young Florida girl who died after undergoing a routine tonsillectomy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital where the surgery was performed. The parents filed a complaint against Mease Countryside Hospital and the doctors who treated their daughter. They claim that a potent mixture of drugs and medical negligence caused her death. A few minutes after the girl went into surgery on August 13, 2010, she developed pulmonary edema, which caused a buildup of excess fluid in her lungs. The fluid accumulated so much that the girl went into cardiac arrest, and, despite doctors’ efforts to resuscitate her, she died two days after the surgery.

The lawsuit alleges that doctors knew that fluid was building up in the girl’s lungs but insisted on continuing with the procedure anyway despite warning signs that the girl was in distress. The parents also claim that the drugs doctors prescribed for the surgery were too powerful for a girl her age and the combination of circumstances contributed to the girl essentially drowning in her own fluids. The suit also claims that doctors’ efforts to revive the girl after she slipped into cardiac arrest were inadequate.

Not all Orlando personal injury attorneys have the experience, skills and knowledge to prepare a successful wrongful death lawsuit. They must have the resources to build an effective case through expert witnesses and other methods, they have to have a thorough understanding of proper surgical and other health care protocols and they must have the skills and legal talent to help clients receive the compensation they deserve through a court award or settlement.

If your family has lost a loved one through medical malpractice or another type of negligence, seeking damages may be the furthest thing from your minds as you deal with the grieving process. However, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in our state is two years from the time of death. Receiving compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit will never replace a loved one, but it can help replace lost income and pay for counseling and other expenses. If you are thinking about speaking to an Orlando wrongful death attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 to schedule a free consultation.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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