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Death caused by medical negligence may haunt New Jersey residents

Seeking medical attention is often done in hopes of helping a person who has been injured or becomes ill. Many New Jersey residents put their trust in medical professionals to take the steps necessary to help their loved ones heal. Unfortunately, some actions taken by doctors and other staff members could potentially put patients in harm's way and possibly even cause death.

One man in another state has recently filed a lawsuit due to the death of his wife. Reports stated that the man's wife was taken to the hospital after she suffered an injury to her head. During her stay at the hospital, she was apparently given a medication intended to help with agitation and confusion. However, the drug had a warning regarding the potential for increased mortality in elderly patients with dementia-related conditions.

The woman apparently had a history of such conditions, and though she apparently showed a negative reaction to the drug, medical staff continued to administer it. After taking the medication, the woman's improvement ceased, and she eventually died. Her husband believes that negligence on the part of the hospital and three doctors contributed to her death, and he likely hopes that a successful lawsuit will allow him to gain compensation for resulting damages.

Experiencing the death of a loved one under any circumstances can be challenging to face, but when the possibility for improvement and survival existed, it is not unusual for surviving family to feel cheated. If medical negligence is also suspected to have played a role, family members may feel the need to take legal action, as the man in this case did. New Jersey residents may wish to explore the process involved with filing medical malpractice claims in order to gain more information.

Source:, "McKay Dee Hospital, 3 doctors face wrongful-death lawsuit", Mark Shenefelt, July 4, 2017

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