Hospital Negligence in Medical Malpractice Cases

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Hospital negligence is an element of many medical malpractice cases. Medical facilities are responsible for maintaining clean premises and for employing a sufficient number of trained staff members. When hospitals do not fulfill these responsibilities, they put patients at risk for serious infections, injuries and wrongful death. However, a medical malpractice lawyer can help you hold negligent hospitals accountable for your damages.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our medical malpractice attorneys have significant experience handling hospital negligence cases for clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide. We investigate each case thoroughly, getting you answers about what happened. If we discover that negligence caused or contributed to your injuries, we consider all your past and future expenses before filing a lawsuit. In one case, our medical negligence lawyers represented a client who suffered permanent spinal cord injury due in part to hospital negligence. Our firm helped recover $14 million to ensure a high quality of life for this client.

Common Results of Hospital Negligence

Many hospital errors result from understaffing. Hospitals must hire enough qualified staff members to treat the volume of patients they serve. However, often there are too few people trying to do an excessive number of jobs in a hospital. This can result in medical errors such as the following:

  • Failure to monitor patients, which can result in slip and fall accidents and other injuries.
  • Failure to detect and treat hospital-acquired infections.
  • Medication errors.
  • Radiology errors.
  • Anesthesia errors.
  • Surgical mistakes or postoperative negligence.
  • Emergency room errors.
  • Delays in diagnosis or treatment.

Even if hospitals have enough trained staff, the facility must still be kept clean and organized. Hygiene issues such as poorly cleaned bedding or faulty air and/or water purifiers can cause further complications for patients. Additionally, lack of proper intake and administrative procedures can result in confusion that leads to mistakes, like medication errors, unnecessary surgery and more.

Are Hospitals Liable in All Medical Malpractice Cases?

Medical facilities are typically responsible for the actions of their employees. This means that if someone working for the hospital causes your injuries as a result of medical negligence, you can likely hold the hospital accountable for the damages. However, not everyone who works in a hospital is actually an employee. Often, doctors are independent contractors, meaning the hospital is not automatically liable for their mistakes. Instead, doctors usually have their own medical malpractice insurance, which will defend the doctor against lawsuits.

However, the hospital must inform you that your doctor or specialist is not strictly an employee of the facility in order to avoid liability for negligence. Therefore, in some cases, such as emergency room negligence, the hospital is responsible for the damages because there is no opportunity to provide patients with this information.

Still, unless a specialist or physician was grossly negligent, hospitals are usually a part of medical malpractice cases. Even so, if the directors of the facility had reason to believe that a doctor was incompetent or often negligent, they are partially at fault for the damage caused. Any mistakes made by nurses and other staff are almost always the responsibility of the hospital. Also, if unsanitary conditions or other issues in the facility contributed to a doctor’s medical mistake, the hospital is probably liable.

Medical malpractice cases are often complicated, especially since doctors rarely are allowed to tell their patients outright when they make mistakes. As a result, you may not know whether you have a case or if hospital negligence caused your injuries. However, a medical malpractice lawyer can investigate your accident and find the truth of what really happened.

Call a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Philadelphia or Cherry Hill for a Free Consultation

If medical or hospital negligence caused you harm, you are entitled to compensation to cover your past and future expenses. Our Philadelphia medical negligence attorneys will carefully review all aspects of the case to determine if and how hospital negligence contributed to your injury. Then, we can represent you in your personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim.

Contact us today to speak with a Pennsylvania or New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer representing victims of hospital negligence nationwide. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis and offer free initial consultations from our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.