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  1. #1
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    Default Compllications Leading to Death Following Cardiac Surgery

    My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: IL

    Relative (82 yrs old) underwent heart bypass and came through the surgery fine but several primary drs on medical team left town and other drs covered for them. Shortly thereafter he experienced problem after problem -- drs attributed to lungs, kidneys, liver, gallbladder problems, but drs didn't seem to agree on cause or solution, eventually jaundice set in, then pnemonia and death after a week. Family ordered complete medical records and autopsy; also hired private pathologist for a 2nd autopsy outside the hospital where this occured. Preliminary cause of death commented on fluid overload causing kidneys to shut down and heart failure but awaiting final results. Would appreciate advice on how to proceed with wrongful death inquiry.

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    Default Re: Seek Malpractice/Wrongful Death Guidance

    Not enough information really. It's best to have it evaluated by a med-mal attorney. Do you think doctor's never take vacations or days off? It is perfectly normal for them to have someone cover their patients during these times.

    Sometimes, it is just someone's time to go. No amount of interference on the part of man can stop it. Not saying that is what happened here, just pointing out that the docs may have done everything they could.

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    Default Re: Seek Malpractice/Wrongful Death Guidance

    Definetly not enough information to make a qualfied judgement on the merits of the case. Medical malpractice suits are notoriously difficult to prove as well as expensive to pursue.

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