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Wisconsin family determines grounds for wrongful death lawsuit

There is always risk involved in any type of surgery. However, every patient has the right to reasonably assume that all medical professionals will adhere to the highest levels of accepted safety standards when providing care. Many families have been devastated to learn their loved ones have died due to medical negligence. One such family recently filed a wrongful death claim in Wisconsin after discovering details regarding a tragedy that occurred several years ago.

Typically, those considering filing such claims are bound by a 3-year statute of limitation. In certain circumstances, time extensions are granted to one year beyond the time that negligence is discovered so long as the incident did not take place more than five years prior to discovery. The decedent in this situation was a 77-year-old man who had undergone heart surgery in 2011.

His widow and estate have filed the lawsuit against the surgeon who performed the operation. They chose to pursue the matter in court after learning that the surgeon had been fired from his position because of details related to the man's death as well as the death of another patient. In both cases, it was determined that he had left patients on heart-lung bypass machines too long, and he had made other potentially fatal errors in their care.

Initially, the deceased man's family was unaware of the surgeon's termination from his job. Local newspaper reporters are said to have contacted them with the information. The surgeon reportedly told a state investigator that he had done nothing wrong and was fired for political reasons. The outcome of this wrongful death case in Wisconsin remains to be seen. Often, successful litigation in such situations depends on aggressive and experienced representation, which can be retained by contacting a personal injury attorney before going to court.

Source:, "Family sues Meriter over death after surgery by doctor who was fired", David Wahlberg, Accessed on Aug. 17, 2016

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