When you’re hospitalized, your life is in the hands of your medical providers. You trust that they will protect you from harm. Unfortunately, hospitals are not created equally. Stated another way, there are hospitals that routinely cut corners to save a few dollars. Sooner or later, those risks lead to serious patient injuries.
If you were injured or lost a loved one because a hospital failed to follow the basic rules of patient safety, you should contact our hospital negligence lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Let us investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries and advise whether you should sue the hospital for negligence or wrongful death.
Types of Hospital Malpractice
Some of the most common types of misconduct that our hospital negligence lawyers litigate includes:
Emergency Room (ER) Oversights
When you’re treated in the emergency room, you expect to receive care as quickly as possible. Any delay in treatment may be a matter of life or death. Additionally, a physician or nurse that is in a hurry may make a careless mistake that seriously injures you. If you were harmed during an ER visit, you should contact a hospital negligence attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
Anyone that’s ever reviewed a handwritten doctor’s note understands that doctors have poor penmanship. It’s fun to joke about that until the doctor’s scribble leads to a mis-filled prescription. Mis-filled prescriptions can cause life threatening side effects. If you suffered from a medication error, contact our hospital malpractice attorneys right away.
If you are at the hospital for a planned or emergency procedure, you understandably expect that the members of your surgical team are all competent and safety conscious. Sometimes, that’s not the case. For instance, a careless surgeon might have left a surgical instrument inside of your body before sewing you up. Needless errors like that lead to patient deaths every year. If you believe that a preventable surgical mistake harmed you or a loved one, call our hospital malpractice lawyers immediately.
Nurses are responsible for monitoring you throughout the day and night, checking your vitals, ensuring that you receive or abstain from certain food and liquids, helping you safely move about, and making sure that you receive the appropriate medications. If a nurse fails to perform his or her duties, your vulnerable body might go from stable condition to critical condition in a matter of seconds.
Hospital Employee Negligence
Hospitals employ several different types of staff members, including nurses, physician and nursing assistants, pharmacists, other medical professionals, receptionists, and custodians. Any one of these individuals might make mistakes that catastrophically harm patients. If they do, the hospital is typically responsible for their negligence.
Insufficient staffing at hospitals can also lead to poor patient care and negligence. If there are too few nurses, assistants, and doctors to help you and other patients, you are at a greater risk of suffering harm. For instance, there may be significant delays before you’re treated or diagnosed, you may not be properly monitored, and you may be helped by individuals that are overworked and fatigued. If you believe that an understaffed hospital harmed you, call our firm to speak with a hospital neglect attorney.
Failure to Monitor
Medical professionals are supposed to monitor you during your hospital admission to ensure that they can quickly react if your condition deteriorates. If you are not properly monitored, your condition could significantly worsen before anyone acts to stabilize you. If you or a loved one incurred harm due to this type of hospital negligence, call our hospital negligence lawyers right away.
Infection is one of the leading causes of hospital patient deaths. Hospitals must take reasonable precautions to avoid the spread of infections from one patient to another. For instance, medical providers must always wear gloves and masks, wash their hands, thoroughly clean patient rooms, and use sterile equipment. If you or a loved one caught a life threatening infection during a hospital stay, call our medical malpractice attorneys immediately.
When you’re hospitalized, chances are you probably incapable of getting up and moving around without assistance. Nurses and their assistants must ensure that you have appropriate supervision and assistance when you walk around. That reduces the risk of falls, which can cause serious injuries. If you fell and injured yourself because you were not properly monitored or assisted during your hospital admission, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC.
Pursuing Hospital Negligence Claims
If you or a loved one were injured at a hospital because your health care professional failed to follow the basic rules of patient safety, contact our hospital negligence lawyers to discuss suing the hospital to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
If you hire our firm, our legal team will thoroughly investigate your claim, acquire and review all of your medical records, and hire an expert to identify each patient safety rule that the hospital violated.
Did Your Loved One Pass Away Due to a Hospital Mistake?
If you believe that your loved one suffered an early and preventable death due to the action or inaction of a careless hospital employee or medical professional, contact our firm as soon as you can. Our attorneys have successfully litigated medical malpractice cases for over three decades. If there is evidence of careless, reckless, or willful misconduct by a physician, nurse, or other hospital employees, we will help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
If you lost your parent, spouse, or child due to medical negligence, you may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their estate and pursue compensation. If your loved one did not leave behind a parent, spouse, or child to file the lawsuit, then a personal representative of your loved one’s estate may file the lawsuit on behalf of the estate.
Contact Our Hospital Negligence Lawyers to Discuss Your Options
After you suffer harm or lose a relative because of negligent hospital care, the best thing that you can do is contact a veteran medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your legal options. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for medical malpractice victims and their families. We will be glad to be your advocate, as well, during this traumatic time period.
You can reach us through our online form, or by calling (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.