Most Common Reasons Medical Malpractice Causes the Wrongful Death of a Patient in Minnesota


Wrongful Death in Minnesota


When patients go to the doctor, they expect to get treated for their conditions, ailments, or other injuries.  Patients do not expect to die—especially due to the wrongful act or omission of a doctor.  However, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.  This accounts to approximately 250,000 wrongful deaths every year where patients needlessly die at the hands of a medical provider.  This accounts for approximately ten percent (10%) of all deaths in the United States each year.


Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we know that wrongful deaths caused by medical malpractice are a big problem in the United States and in Minnesota.  We represent families of victims who are killed by medical errors throughout the state, including Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Bloomington, Duluth, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Woodbury, Eagan, Maple Grove, and throughout Minnesota.  If your loved one has been killed while under the care and treatment of a medical professional, always get it evaluated by a legal professional.  Call us today to investigate your claim by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn how we can protect your rights.


Causes of Medical Malpractice Which Results in the Wrongful Death of a Victim


Any instance of medical malpractice can result in very serious injuries which are often life-threatening.  This is why medical errors account for so many deaths in the United States each year.  Some common types of medical malpractice which commonly result in the wrongful death of a patient include the following:


  • Birth injuries – any birth injury can easily result in the death of a newborn who is very vulnerable and needs expert care and protection. This includes a failure to perform a c-section in a timely manner, failing to monitor for fetal distress, improperly using tools such as forceps or a vacuum extractor, administering too many caustic drugs to the mother, and failing to identify post-delivery conditions which require special care such as in a NICU.


  • Anesthesia errors – anesthesia is a potent cocktail of drugs which render the patient unconscious, block pain, and paralyze the body to not move. These are very strong drugs which, when used improperly, can easily cause damaging injuries to a patient including to vital structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, organs, and other parts of the body.  Anesthesia errors can also outright kill a patient before the surgeon even walks into the room, or cause serious health consequences which kill a patient days if not weeks after a surgery.


  • Surgical mishaps – all surgeries are very dangerous because of anesthesia, but also because a doctor is literally cutting into a patient and manipulating or changing the body. Slips of the knife, using the wrong tools, or taking too much time to perform a surgery are all common mistakes.  Also, improperly performing the surgery and not achieving the right result is a common mistake which can easily kill a patient.


  • Medication Errors – medications and drugs are also dangerous. They are controlled substances which are intended to cause a specific outcome in the patient.  They are designed to provoke a reaction from your body.  Thus, when there are mistakes made in giving the right medication, administering it, or making it, serious and deadly consequences can occur.  Giving the wrong patient medication or the wrong medication to a patient, improper doses, or failing to check for drug interactions is also a common cause of wrongful death in Minnesota.


  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnoses – whenever a healthcare provider fails to diagnose a dangerous or deadly condition, it can result in the wrongful death of a patient. This is because the condition can be allowed to fester and cause irreparable damage.


Did Your Loved One Die While Being Treated by a Healthcare Provider in Minnesota?  Call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE Case Analysis to Determine if the Healthcare Provider was Negligent


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of it and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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