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California family seeks medical malpractice suit for daughter

A sensational case calling for the reversal of a death certificate has a family in conflict with the medical community. The parents of a California teen ruled brain dead are looking to have that judgment reversed to help with their medical malpractice case. Representatives of the hospital that allegedly contributed to her injury say that the woman's claims are not based in reality. A recent news story gives more details about the teen and her case.

The teen was declared brain dead over three years ago after a tonsillectomy gone wrong. She was declared dead by a coroner and remains in a vegetative state. The family contests the conclusion of brain death, and wants to have the death certificate reversed.

The family has since moved the teen to New Jersey and is seeking a medical malpractice lawsuit against the California hospital where the routine operation was performed. The family has a series of videos that they claim show the teen as responsive. A retired neurologist supports the family's claims, saying that the videos show the teen in a responsive state, capable of responding to verbal commands, and barely capable or executing a simple motor response. The mother believes that having the death certificate overturned will support her wrongful injury lawsuit against the hospital.

What is next for the California teen and her family remains to be seen. The case will probably be heard in court sometime next year. Persons in a similar situation, who feel that they are victims of medical malpractice, may consider enlisting the help of a knowledgeable attorney when filing their lawsuit against the physician or hospital that they believe harmed them.

Source:, "Brain-Dead California Teen's Family Want Death Certificate Revoked", Roz Edward, July 25, 2017

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