What is Hospital Negligence?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Jan V. Hinson with Tilton & Tilton LLP.
Requiring a hospital visit is always stressful, and it is natural to expect the doctors and other healthcare professionals to do everything in their power to make the visit go as smoothly as possible. That said, negligence is all too common in hospitals, and can result in devastating outcomes for victims.
Hospital negligence occurs when hospital staff members or employees fail to meet the expected standard of care as determined by the medical community. Negligence may occur on the part of an individual, such as a doctor or nurse, but not always. Sometimes, it is the hospital itself that is liable for the actions or lack thereof of the employees they hired.
If hospital negligence has occurred, it is important that you seek the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you can. These cases are complex and time-sensitive; they involve so many moving parts that you need to act as quickly as possible to preserve your rights and to obtain the compensation you are owed for your damages. Hospital negligence all too often results in lasting injury or even death for victims.
If you have suffered an injury due to any of the following, you may have a hospital negligence case:
- Over-medication or prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis
- Surgical error
- Injuries from slips or falls
- Birth injury
- Retained surgical object
- Improper care resulting in injury or infection
There are many reasons that a hospital may be held liable for negligence. These could include:
- Improper supervision or training
- Failure to confirm employee credentials
- Inadequate staffing
Furthermore, hospitals have many avenues of hiding or otherwise denying that hospital negligence has occurred, and the resources to protect the hospital from liability. That is why it is so important, the moment you believe that negligence has occurred, to reach out to a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney.