Hospital negligence in a Palm Beach County hospital can cause serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, in a hospital setting, there are numerous people involved in treating a patient, who may individually or collectively cause harm including a doctor, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse’s aids, and technicians.
However, regardless of who is involved in treating a patient, when they fail to properly treat a patient, a hospital may be liable for negligence. A Palm Beach County hospital negligence lawyer with significant experience representing victims of medical malpractice is prepared to help hold hospitals and hospital staff accountable for their actions. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of hospital negligence, it is important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your legal rights to compensation.
Common Hospital Negligence Claims
Both state and Federal laws require hospital staff to adhere to certain standards, policies, and procedures in order to ensure that they are providing adequate and appropriate care. Some of the types of hospital negligence include:
- Inadequate supervision of junior staff
- Inadequate training
- Failure to perform diagnostic tests
- Failure to properly interpret diagnostic tests
- Surgical errors
- Prescription errors
- Inadequate postoperative care
Other common hospital negligence claims a Palm Beach County hospital negligence lawyer can help patients with include hospital-borne infections, birth injuries, and nursing errors. An attorney can review the facts of a patient’s case, review medical records and charts, and conduct interviews with treating physicians and staff to determine the cause of an injury and help determine if the hospital contributed to an injury, or in some cases, caused an injury.
What are Common Emergency Room Errors?
Emergency rooms and emergency medical providers are on the front lines of patient care and treatment. However, working in an emergency room or department means working in a fast-paced environment where at any moment, a doctor, nurse, or another healthcare provider can be distracted by an incoming emergency.
Emergency medical staff are trained to quickly assess the severity of a medical condition and to provide prompt and appropriate care. However, because of the fast-paced environment in emergency rooms, and because emergency departments are chronically understaffed, a patient may not receive the proper care.
Pursuing Potential Compensation
Hospitals are legally and financially liable for injuries and damages they cause to a patient, and unfortunately, hospitals and hospital staff commit a substantial amount of errors. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately a quarter of all deaths occurring in a hospital were considered preventable if the patient had received optimal care. A Palm Beach County hospital negligence lawyer can help those who have been injured while in the care of a hospital recover:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Rehabilitation expenses including in-home care
- Compensation for disability and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Hospitals are directed to provide patients with appropriate and competent care by both state and federal laws and regulations. However, when a patient is not provided the care necessary to identify and diagnose their condition, to treat their condition, or when they suffer an injury because of medical neglect a hospital may be liable for injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured while under the care of a hospital and hospital staff, contact an experienced and dedicated Palm Beach County hospital negligence lawyer as soon as possible.