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Bill aims to amend parents’ rights to sue after medical malpractice death

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In the state of Wisconsin, if an 18-year-old dies as a result of a medical malpractice error, his parents cannot legally hold the medical practitioner, the hospital, or the medical facility liable for wrongful death charges.

Wisconsin state senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (Democrat of Milwaukee) wants to change that. She has filed medical malpractice legislation with the intention of amending the current law so as to allow parents to sue for wrongful death in cases of medical malpractice that result in the death of their children up to 27 years of age.

Harris Dodd announced recently that she will name the bill “Erin’s Law” in honor of 20-year-old Erin Rice, whose death was caused by a misdiagnosis of bacterial pneumonia in 1999 by a University of Wisconsin Health doctor. Rice’s parents were not able to sue for wrongful death because the courts considered Rice to already be of legal age.

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