Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
Well... in the town where you are (which is where I went to high school, at KHS), I believe an old classmate of mine is practicing law, but I don't know what type of law. I'll PM you his name... in high school, at least, he was an honorable guy, and a smart one, too.
But you can also just look for a reputable firm and ask if there's someone you can talk to about a wrongful death/malpractice case. It sounds so clear-cut to me, I would think they'd be happy to take it on contingency, which means you don't pay anything upfront -- they just take a big percentage of whatever you win.
I know it may seem ghoulish, as if you're trying to "profit" from your mother's death -- but a monetary award isn't really your primary purpose in suing. You want to prosecute this because doing so may keep it from happening to someone else.
And I wouldn't worry about being involved in a long, exhausting trial... if this is as flagrant a case of malpractice as it sounds, they will probably be eager to settle out of court. And even an out-of-court settlement can serve as a cautionary tale about the critical importance of monitoring patients properly.
And I think you'd feel really good if you were able to do that good deed in your mom's name, y'know?
Wow....this really is a small world. Yes, I still live where you went to high school and I went to EHS.
The OTHER school. There are now 4 high schools in this area.
I talked to the secretary of the doctor and she suggested Patient Relations. I need to start within the hospital first because it is a problem they need to be aware of, not only that, there were others while my mother was in the hospital. Also, if I don't start there, they may claim that they weren't given a chance, etc, etc, etc.
I will keep the name handy. I don't care for the money. I just want to gain the respect and dignity she should have been given by the doctor. I also want him to learn the fact that just because he has never seen it in all his years, it can't happen. Arrogance breeds ignorance and stupidity. I will have to see what happens.