The Job of a Hospital Malpractice Attorney

Posted on: August 1, 2017

If you are looking for a hospital malpractice attorney, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation. Our team of attorneys can meet with you, discuss your case in detail and let you know what your best options are for proceeding. These types of cases can be incredibly complicated, given the necessity to prove negligence on behalf of the doctor, hospital or other staff.  This is one of the main benefits of hiring an attorney.

Proving negligence

Negligence is the legal concept of fault. To successfully sue someone and collect financial compensation, an attorney must prove that the other party was negligent or at fault for the incident. In a car accident, this can be complicated but relatively easy when there are only two parties involved; reconstructing the accident is crucial to making the process easier. With something like medical malpractice, it is not as easy because medical care and treatments can be subjective.

In other words, one doctor may make a different diagnosis and suggest different treatment options than another. Medical care is often open to interpretation based on the experiences of a physician. With that in mind, it is difficult to sue over something like a diagnosis. However, if a doctor fails to offer a high level of care or makes a critical mistake, it is easier to prove that they did something wrong.

The same is true for a hospital. Hospitals need to provide a high level of care and if they fail to do so, can be sued by a hospital malpractice attorney. Some examples of hospital negligence include:

#1. Failing to keep the hospital clean

If a hospital is not clean enough, bacteria can spread and cause viruses. Some patients go to the hospital and actually become worse because of a staff or other infection that they obtain during the hospital stay.

#2. Not staffing the hospital appropriately

Hospitals need to staff with the appropriate amount of doctors, nurses, and medical staff. If the hospital fails to do so, patients may not get the care they need, suffer unnecessarily and may even develop a life-threatening condition.

#3. Giving the wrong medication

A hospital malpractice attorney can sue after someone has been given the wrong medication; so long as they were harmed by receiving it. To sue, someone must be negligent and cause harm as a result.

#4. Mixing up patient charts

When professionals mix up patient charts, there becomes a danger where a patient can end up with the wrong medication, go through the wrong procedure or not receive the level of care necessary to recover. If an attorney can prove any of these three possibilities, then the attorney can establish negligence.

#5. Making errors during surgery

There have been horror stories of patients going to the hospital for surgery, only to have a different surgery performed or have an error made during the surgery itself. Something like an instrument being left in the body or the wrong organ being removed are common surgical mistakes that can be sued for.

Call for help

If you have been the victim of hospital negligence, call our office and schedule a consultation. We can review your case and let you know what your claim may be worth.

NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.