Malpractice Questions Raised by End of Life Treatments

833820_hands.jpgAccording to a June 28, 2010 report by CBS News, long-term diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart failure and other conditions, cause more than 80% of American deaths every year. For the families of elderly or infirmed patients, it can be difficult to stand by and do nothing while a loved one is suffering. The same is true for many caring doctors and medical professionals who make every effort to save people’s lives in their last days.

In the weeks or months leading up to death, the vast majority of ill patients opt for radical procedures like radiation, chemotherapy and experimental treatments in an effort to prolong life. However, the CBS News report claims that these treatments can actually cause more pain than the patient may have had if he would have chosen to live out his last days without drastic medical measures.

Our desire to live is stronger than our common sense, however, in many cases, says the report. But this desperation to save your own life or the life of a loved one can lead to medical mistakes as well as increased suffering. In many cases, families that push for radical procedures end up suing the doctor or medical staff who failed to take the proper precautions when administering such treatments.

If you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to medical malpractice, contact an experienced lawyer in West Virginia. Only an attorney can tell you whether or not you have a valid case. Medical malpractice can be very tough to prove and you will need a legal professional on your side in order to recover damages.