Defending You Against Negligent Hospitals
When you enter a hospital for a necessary procedure or treatment, you are usually under the impression that the resident medical staff has everything well in hand. You put your trust in them to ensure that everything goes smoothly, but sometimes mistakes are made that can have a drastic impact on your health. Unfortunately, hospital negligence can happen to anyone, so if you have been injured as a result of a negligent hospital staff, the caring legal team at Hyatt & Weber is here to help. With over 35 years of experience, you can depend on our hospital negligence lawyer to review all the facts of your case and determine whether the hospital or medical care facility should be held responsible for your injuries.
What is hospital negligence?
Hospital negligence is a form of medical malpractice where the hospital or health care facility fails to uphold the expected level of care they owe to their patients. Many hospital malpractice claims involve injuries caused by a physician or other health care professional. At Hyatt & Weber, our hospital negligence lawyers have years of experience tackling complex hospital malpractice lawsuits, and we will work closely with you to achieve the best possible results.
Hospital negligence takes on many forms
Though hospital negligence can manifest in several different ways, there are two basic forms.
Hospital engaging in direct negligence
When the direct actions of a hospital result in the breach of duty to the patient, then the hospital can and should be held liable. Examples of a hospital engaging in direct negligence include:
- Failing to ensure that hospital staff meets the required license and training standards
- Inadequate staffing to ensure the appropriate level of patient care
- Failing to make sure that contractors or attending physicians have the proper credentials
- Losing, mishandling, or unlawfully transferring confidential patient records
- Disregard of proper medical care standards
Negligence of a worker for whom the hospital is liable
A hospital may be held liable if an employee acted while under the hospital’s control or if the hospital ordered the employee’s actions. Known as “vicarious liability,” this form of hospital negligence can include:
- Giving you the wrong medication
- Removing the wrong body part
- Failing to treat a persisting illness
- Administering anesthesia incorrectly
- Performing a surgery without consent
- Failing to remove an instrument
- Incorrectly diagnosing an illness
- Performing the wrong surgery
- Failing to properly monitor a patient