Hospitals can be Responsible for Medical Malpractice Injuries
Almost every single human being on the planet has ended up inside of a hospital at some point or another. Whether it is via childbirth, the emergency room, or some other ailment, we go to hospitals to get a variety of treatments and medical services. However, there are times when people that rely on these medical services end up suffering injuries because of the negligence of medical staff employed by a hospital in acts of medical malpractice.
There are a disturbing amount of people that end up suffering severe injuries and worse because of medical errors and negligence on the part of hospitals they trusted with their care. These victims of hospital medical errors can seek compensation for the damages that they suffered by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A medical malpractice lawsuit’s aim is to prove that a liable party such as a doctor or hospital was guilty of negligence that violated the standard of care expected of them and therefore entitles the victim of such injury-causing negligence to compensation. This compensation is meant to cover damages such as the medical expense caused by their injuries, the lost wages accumulated from time recovering from injuries, disability damages in the case a plaintiff suffers permanent injury, and pain and suffering to name a few.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice can be defined as any act or inaction of a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from the expected norms and level of care so that it injures a patient. A doctor or another healthcare provider would have to violate the standard of care expected of them by acting negligently. Standard of care varies from medical professional to medical professional depending on the context. For example, a small town general practitioner will not be held to the same standard of care as a neurosurgeon at a major hospital.
Types of Hospital Medical Malpractice
When someone undergoes a surgical procedure, there are a large number of risks that come with it. It is the responsibility of the surgical team to minimize these risks by following proper procedure. Of course, this doesn’t always happen and negligent surgical practices lead to patients suffering injuries. One of the most common injuries that is suffered by patients undergoing surgery is infection. Any open wound is at risk of developing an infection and that definitely rings true for surgical wounds which is why every precaution should be taken. This includes proper sanitation procedure ensuring that the instruments are clean and that all participating in the surgery are wearing appropriate sterile clothing.
Another common form of surgical malpractice is the leaving of foreign objects such as medical instruments inside of patients. Many other mistakes can occur during surgery relating to anesthesia, wrong patients, and wrong surgeries performed.
Medication Error Malpractice
The responsibility of dispensing medication to patients can be complex considering the number of variables that can come into play. People react to medications differently with all kinds of possible side effects that must be taken into account. Medication must always be checked to ensure that it will not trigger allergic reactions in the patient or react negatively with any other medications that a patient may be taking at the time. Medication dosage is very important as well. Either too much or too little can have potentially negative effects and cause an injury. Of course, there is also the possibility that a patient can be given the wrong medication which can severely injure them.
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Malpractice
There are many times when the standard of care calls for a doctor to perform further tests or similar follow up on a patient following certain symptoms or conditions that may be exhibited. A medical professional may be negligent and fail to diagnose a condition in a patient or misdiagnose a patient’s condition. This negligence can be caused by improper testing, imaging, failure to follow up on red flag symptoms, etc. and result in injury to the patient. Misdiagnosis can sometimes be especially harmful to a patient since treatments for a condition a patient does not have can come with risks or increase the damage done by the condition they actually have.
Consider Eberst Law as Your Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury because of a medical error caused by the negligence of a hospital, do not hesitate to contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Eberst Law immediately. Our lawyers are happy to sit with you to discuss the details of your claim and provide some options on how you can go about taking legal action. Eberst Law has the medical malpractice experience you need in order to get the compensation you deserve after a painful surgical error.
The lawyers of Eberst Law understand that injuries caused by malpractice can turn your life upside down. Allow our lawyers to assist you in your pursuit of compensation by assisting in the investigation of how your malpractice occurred, securing evidence that can prove a liable party’s negligence, negotiating with the insurance company, and guiding you through the legal process. When you hire Eberst Law as your legal representation, you ensure your case is in the hands of experienced lawyers that will fight for you.
Contact Eberst Law today at 772-225-4900 or online for a free, no-risk consultation about your injuries.
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