What Do I Do If My Family Member Died During Surgery?

Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorney on Importance of Getting an Autopsy As Soon As Possible

During surgery, patients are at their most vulnerable. Sometimes, even during routine procedures, something can go wrong and the patient may die as a result. In this video, Georgia medical malpractice attorney Kathy McArthur explains what you should do if you have lost a family member due to surgical error. If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of medical negligence, contact our Macon, Georgia wrongful death attorneys at 1-888-We-Fight, or fill out our online case review form.

Video Transcription

A family member goes in for something that was supposed to be routine, and they don’t make it out and they are deceased; there should be an autopsy done by the medical facility where this occurred. It doesn’t always happen, but if I get the call quickly enough from a family member who says something untoward has happened and they have questions, I go ahead and tell them, “As much as you don’t want to have an autopsy done, you need to just because we need to know the cause of death.”

It’s an awful time for the family and it’s a hard discussion to have with them, but another way that people know is because sometimes medical professionals, particularly nurses, will say to a family just off to the side, quietly, “You need to call a lawyer.” At the McArthur Law Firm, our job is to fight for you to make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us, call 1-888-We-Fight or go to our website, McArthurLawFirm.com.