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Thank you for using Just Answer. I am a licensed attorney and look forward to assisting you. My condolences on the loss of your friend.Her family, through her estate, may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice wrongful death. A wrongful death claim generally consists of four elements: (1) the death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of the defendant; (2) the defendant was negligent or strictly liable for the victim's death; (3) there is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents; and (4) monetary damages or human damages, such as loss of consortium have resulted from the victim's death.By far, the hardest element to prove will be that the doctor was negligent. Typically this requires expert testimony (normally from other doctors) that failure to provide her emergency care is what resulted in her passing. To put it another way, it has to be proven that if she had received care right away when she asked for it, she would have survived, and but for their denial of care, she would have lived.Generally these types of cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning that a lawyer does not collect a fee unless there is an award in their favor. These are not easy claims to bring forth, nor are they cheap (expert witnesses alone can easily run thousands of dollars) so an in depth consultation with a local attorney would be advisable for them.
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