If you were neglected in a hospital, you might be the victim of medical malpractice. Medical negligence is a significant factor in poor patient outcomes, and it’s critical to understand what causes malpractice and the importance of legal advocacy. Here’s what you need to know.
Understanding Hospital Negligence
Hospital negligence is unfortunately a common occurrence. Although physicians and other medical professionals who work in hospitals owe a certain duty of care to patients, they don’t always provide the standard of care they should give their experience and expertise. When a patient suffers financial, physical, and/or emotional damages as a result of malpractice, they may be able to bring forward a claim.
Hospital negligence often takes the form of:
- Physical neglect
- Wrong diagnosis
- Improperly administered tests
- Inaccurate interpretation of test results
- Medication overdoses
- Administration of incorrect medicines
How Does Negligence Happen?
Medical negligence can occur in one of two ways: purposefully or unintentionally. The majority of malpractice cases aren’t intentional. Although the harm to the patient remains the physician’s or hospital’s responsibility, most negligence cases are the result of inadequate staffing and overburdened healthcare workers.
A hospital with more patients than medical professionals to help them will see a much higher rate of error than hospitals that are adequately staffed, even for never-events such as leaving a medical instrument inside a patient after surgery.
What Constitutes Negligence in a Medical Facility?
Understanding what constitutes negligence in a medical facility can help you determine if you may have been the victim of neglect and malpractice during your hospital stay you were:
- Refused diagnostic tests despite requests, or not provided with timely diagnostic testing that led to the worsening of your condition
- Given an incorrect diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, which worsened your condition
- Administered an improper dose of medication or a medicine that was contraindicated for your medical history or current condition
- Neglected for extended periods of time in the hospital, leading to improper nutrition and hydration or the worsening of your medical condition
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a member of your family were neglected in the hospital after a surgery or when seeking emergency care, you may be able to collect compensation to cover wage loss, medical expenses, and physical and emotional suffering. It’s important to hold negligent doctors responsible for their actions. Call Ronald Slonaker today to schedule a consultation at 352.629.6656.