What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? North Carolina
So I think I have a medical malpractice involving the death of my dad but no one else (lawyers) don't think so. Here's a short version of what happened:
November 2010: He's goes to the ER because his right shoulder was hurting and he thought he pulled it or something. They did an X-ray and said it was bursitis (little spurs in the joints) sent him home and that was that. A week and half later they sent a letter home saying they reviewed his X-ray again and saw a large mass in his right lung.
December 2010: He goes for his initial cancer appt. on the 22nd, they do a biopsy and complete blood work. The mass is malignant and they want to operate since it's just a small mass in his upper right lung.
February 2011: The surgery is scheduled for the 11th at 7am. The surgeon gets into his chest and find out that it's the whole entire right lung instead of the small area they thought it was. He removes the whole right lung and closes him back up. My dad wakes up in recovery coughs and then passes [B][I]away. This last entry was given to my mom by the surgeon so we are not sure of the exact details. The surgeon told my mom that he didn't know that the cancer had spread that much. I don't know whether he coughed and was gasping for air or whether he coughed and blacked out. We went to the local courthouse and got his death certificate. Cause of death was heart disease.
So about a month after his death, we got his medical records from the cancer clinic. Going over his records we noticed that there were many things that the doctor didn't tell us like he also had a mass in his lower left lung since 2008 that we NEVER knew about, along with other things that we weren't told about. I have called about 5 lawyers and so far, only one seemed interested in taking the case because of the COD but since we can't prove it with an autopsy she declined to take the case.
Does anyone have ANY advice or what do you think about the situation? Thanks
UPDATE: So I called my dad's surgeon just to get some closure and to understand what happened in his last moments. I asked the surgeon what happened and he said after surgery, he was in the recovery room and all of a sudden his blood pressure dropped and his heart stopped. I, also asked him about the cause of the death which is listed as ischemic heart disease on the death certificate. The surgeon said that this was NOT the cause of death and that the cause of death is still unknown to this day (5 months later)