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Cincinnati and Covington Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Hospital Mistakes
According to a study performed by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death for United States citizens, just after heart disease and cancer. Hospital malpractice contributes to many of these catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
If you and your family have suffered as the result of a hospital mistake or malpractice, you may feel angry or frustrated that you were injured at the hands of doctors, hospital staff, and other medical professionals you believed you could trust. You may also feel like you have nowhere to turn for help following these hospital negligence cases. Fortunately, victims and/or their surviving family members do have legal options available. When hospital facilities are negligent and cause harm to their patients, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be a viable option.
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping victims of hospital malpractice and their families assert their rightful claims to recovery. In all of the medical malpractice cases we take on, we are wholeheartedly devoted to finding out exactly what happened and how the hospital or physician negligence occurred. Our medical negligence lawyers are also dedicated to helping families receive fair compensation to ease the burden of caring for injured family members and for the unexpected loss of a loved one. With decades of experience serving clients across Kentucky and Ohio, our Cincinnati and Covington medical malpractice lawyers know how to get the results you need in your case. For a free case evaluation, give our legal team a call today at (800) 698-4054.
What Constitutes Hospital Malpractice?
When injured or sick patients arrive at hospitals and emergency rooms, they expect to get the medical treatment they need to address their symptoms and aid in their recovery. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Even though every healthcare professional has a fiduciary obligation to provide reasonable medical care based on set professional standards, breaches of duty of care are not uncommon. A doctor or hospital can be held liable for damages through a hospital malpractice or medical negligence claim if they carelessly breached their legal duty to provide the proper care to a patient and caused further injury or worsening of a medical condition.
If you or a loved one was injured due to substandard medical care from emergency room or hospital staff, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Covington and Cincinnati personal injury attorneys at TLF. We will work to recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
Common Hospital Mistakes and Injuries
There are many different hospital negligence claims stemming from the failure of a healthcare professional to provide proper treatment. These negligent actions can lead to severe injuries and even death, in some cases. Below are some of the more common types of hospital negligence we see at TLF:
Birth-related injuries caused by medical error can be devastating, often leading to a similar outcome of serious injury for both mother and child. Birth injuries can range from minor issues like lacerations or bruises to life-threatening complications like spinal cord injuries or brain damage. Our Ohio and Kentucky birth injury attorneys at TLF have handled cases involving child injury due to brain and whole body cooling errors, perinatal strokes, cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, shoulder dystocia, infant seizures, and much more. In the mother’s case, we have also litigated claims for injuries stemming from uterine ruptures, failure to perform a C-section, preeclampsia, and more.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents tend to fall more under the premises liability side of the law, but can still be caused by hospital negligence. The failure to provide a safe environment by not removing potential hazards such as spills and uneven carpeting can lead to these types of accidents and cause serious injury to potential patients. The failure to monitor patients and provide them with the medical equipment necessary to safely move around is also a common contributor.
An anesthesia error, including anesthesia overdose and other anesthesia-related mistakes, is a type of medical error that can have extremely serious consequences. Accidents can be caused when the anesthesiologist or other medical professional fails to properly monitor their patient or if they become distracted during a medical procedure.
Hospital employees must take the proper care to maintain a clean and sterile environment for all patients. Failure to do can result in individuals contracting diseases or infections that otherwise could have been avoided with proper maintenance and due care.
A medication error is a preventable mistake that can lead to irreversible patient harm. This includes any time a medication is prescribed, dispensed, administered, or ordered incorrectly. The error can be the fault of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or even anesthesiologists. More specifically, medication errors can result from misdiagnoses, poor charting, and poor communication. Sometimes, physicians or nurses read the chart wrong, and pharmacists can make critical errors in filling the prescriptions they receive. Medication error-related injuries can also be a result of failure to check the background of a patient; drug overdoses and adverse interactions can occur when patient history is not checked.
Many surgical errors occur due to hospital negligence, poor communication, failure to follow procedure, or negligence on the part of a doctor or assisting nurse. A hospital mistake resulting from negligence or failure to follow procedure can be devastating, and due to the understaffing of hospitals, surgical errors and post-surgical complications are becoming increasingly common. Unfortunately, this type of medical malpractice often leads to further injuries and has lifelong implications for victims.
Medical misdiagnosis has several variations. It can mean that a patient’s illness or injury was wrongly identified, leaving him or her with the wrong treatment, wrong medication, or no treatment at all. It can also be the failure to diagnose in a timely manner, which often postpones urgently needed care and further progresses the injury or illness, or it can mean that no diagnosis was made by a medical professional, and thus no treatment was offered. For example, the failure to identify blood clots in a patient can lead to a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke. As you can see, the potential consequences of a failed or delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be devastating, and victims deserve to pursue compensation for the harm that this careless mistake caused.
Now more than ever, hospitals are understaffed and employees are overworked. Each is a problem on it’s own, but together, the result can be catastrophic for patients. Injuries and fatalities can also occur when health insurance companies dictate the use of hospitalists who are unfamiliar with the patient or with certain procedures, such as resuscitation, for example. Where a family doctor would have been aware of medical history, a hospitalist may not spend the appropriate amount of time with a patient. Hospitalists work for private medical corporations and contract with medical practices to cover hospitals in town. Often, the work overload and inability to take time with each patient can lead to a medical mistake at the hands of hospital employees.
Improper medical treatment can lead to far worse than even the most serious and life-altering injuries. In some extremely unfortunate cases, hospital negligence can lead to a patient’s death.
When the negligent actions of medical professionals lead to the death of a family member, it becomes an entirely different legal issue. Rather than through a medical malpractice or personal injury claim, surviving loved ones have a right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. A successful claim can provide damages for things like funeral expenses, loss of household services, loss of consortium, and more.
Can You Sue a Hospital for Medical Mistakes?
When a staff member of the hospital is responsible for a patient’s injury or death, the victim and/or their family may bring a medical malpractice case against the hospital itself under vicarious liability laws. However, things can get a little more tricky when the doctor responsible for the negligence is not actually an employee of the hospital.
What many people do not know is that many doctors at hospitals are not actually considered employees. This is not always the case, but more often than not, doctors are actually considered independent contractors. This means, as far as the law goes, hospitals cannot be held legally accountable for the negligence of an independent contractor at their facility. Of course, there are some situations where it may still be possible to sue a hospital for the negligence of an independent contractor. For example, if the hospital knew or reasonably should have known that a doctor under their contract was incompetent and should not have been practicing, you may still have a hospital negligence claim.
The best way to know whether you have a medical malpractice case against the hospital itself is to speak with a qualified legal professional about the specifics of your case. For more information regarding hospital negligence and whether or not you can sue a hospital, contact our experienced hospital negligence lawyers at TLF right away.
What Damages are Recoverable in Hospital Negligence Claims?
When you reach out to a Kentucky or Ohio hospital negligence lawyer at TLF, we will fight to make sure you and your family are appropriately compensated for each and every loss you may have experienced. This includes recompense for all medical expenses, including previous and future medical bills, physical therapy, previously lost wages, future wages, and more. It also includes damages for non-economic losses, such as emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other potential pain and suffering damages.
In cases of extreme and gross negligence, the court may also award punitive damages as a means to punish the actions of the negligent medical professional.
Why You Need a Hospital Malpractice Lawyer
Many people do not know what to expect in a medical malpractice case. All they know is that a negligent medical professional or facility caused them or their family member undue harm, and they want justice to be served. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we know the confusion, frustration, stress, and fear that come along with cases like these, which is why we do everything we can to make the legal process as smooth and easy as possible for victims and their families. When you equip the help of experienced hospital negligence lawyers like those at TLF, you can focus your energy on the healing process while we handle all the grunt work.
A personal injury attorney from our firm will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim, obtaining necessary documentation and consulting with medical experts to secure the expert testimony need to support your case. We will do everything it takes to uncover hospital liability and ensure those responsible for your pain and suffering are held legally liable, all while protecting your legal rights and fighting for just compensation on your behalf.
As a law firm focused primarily on medical injuries, our attorneys have experience with all kinds of medical malpractice cases. Some of the hospital negligence cases we commonly take on include those involving:
- Medication errors
- Failure to appreciate changes in vital signs
- Failure to intervene
- Pediatric malpractice
- Nursing errors
- Hospitalists unfamiliar with the patient
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Labor and delivery negligence
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Radiology errors
- Incompetent doctors
- And more
Our Ohio and Kentucky hospital negligence lawyers are also familiar with the complicated regulations following a death in a hospital. The death must be reported and investigated by an independent agency to ensure that the hospital followed policy and maintained records. However, if you believe the death of your loved one was improperly investigated, our Covington and Cincinnati wrongful death attorneys can help. We are happy to provide you with a free consultation where we can privately discuss your individual case in more detail, so give us a call today.
Contact an Experienced Hospital Negligence Lawyer at TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm Today
If you are a hospital patient who suffered harm due to medical errors at a negligent hospital facility, or if you are a member of a deceased patient’s family, you have a right to recover compensation for the losses you’ve experienced. The best way to ensure your medical malpractice claim is handled properly and that you receive the maximum amount of compensation entitled to you is by obtaining the help of experienced hospital negligence lawyers like those at TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm.
The legal issue of medical malpractice is one that the TLF attorneys are well-versed in, as the majority of our practice is dedicated solely to fighting for victims of medical negligence. Once you establish a formal attorney-client relationship with our team, we will get straight to work investigating your medical malpractice claim and building the strongest possible case on your behalf.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Win!
We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.