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Wrongful death by dialysis

If you or someone you love suffers from kidney disease, a doctor may suggest dialysis. Dialysis is a purification process to cleanses the body’s blood of toxins—in place of the kidney. The treatment has become increasingly popular in the United States. One of the leading treatment centers—DaVita—has locations nation-wide.

In a recent lawsuit against a DaVita center in Denver, a federal jury awarded $383.5 million to three plaintiffs whose loved ones suffered cardiac arrest and died following dialysis treatment. All three deaths were caused by DaVita’s use of GranuFlo—a compound used in dialysis which is known to cause toxic pH imbalances and alkalosis.

Facing wrongful death in Ohio

Wrongful death laws vary from state to state. In Ohio, a family member of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of their loved one’s death. In order to be successful, they must be able to prove that someone else’s wrongful action or neglect led to the victim’s death.

Damages for a wrongful death suit may include compensation for the surviving family member’s:

  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of financial support, services and future inheritance from the deceased
  • Loss of social support, such as companionship, protection, guidance or education by the deceased

The unexpected death of a loved one is always painful. When their death is the result of someone else’s carelessness, the wounds can be even more difficult to heal. If you are grieving from a death that could have been prevented, it’s worth consulting with an experienced wrongful death attorney to seek justice.

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