A hospital owes its patients the assurance that its employees will follow all accepted standards of care. A hospital is not only responsible for making sure that its patients receive quality care, but is also responsible for the people they employ.
That includes doctors, nurses, practitioners, technicians, administrative and even janitorial and cafeteria staff. When a hospital does not provide you the quality of care it is supposed to or when you are neglected, treated poorly or physically or sexually abused by a member of the hospital’s staff, then you are a victim of hospital negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury, death or loss as a result of hospital negligence, you should seek the expert counsel of an experienced Philadelphia hospital negligence lawyer. You may be eligible to receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved and the patient is deceased, the victim’s family could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital.
A few examples of hospital negligence include:
Wrong diagnosis or failure to diagnose an illness
Failure to monitor patients properly
Failure to respond to emergency alarms that alert personnel to a patient’s condition
Understaffing of the hospital’s nursing staff
Hiring unqualified or unlicensed employees
Failure to prevent falls
At Anapol Schwartz, our Pennsylvania hospital negligence and medical malpractice lawyers have been investigating and litigating medical malpractice and hospital negligence cases in Pennsylvania for decades. We have the knowledge, experience and the resources to review potential claims and determine their viability.
In order to determine the viability of a hospital negligence claim, we first examine if the hospital, clinic or emergency room in question has performed in a negligent manner while providing the emergency or medical services. If a hospital is not following standard procedures for treatment or patient care, then it could be found negligent. Secondly, the victim must be able to show actual damages, injury, loss or harm caused by such negligence on the part of the hospital or medical facility.
For example, if you did not receive immediate treatment or were misdiagnosed and those actions resulted in serious injury or permanent damage, then you may be entitled to sue the hospital for damages. A victim must also be able to show that there was a direct and definite connection between the alleged negligence and the harm that it caused. If you or someone you love has been a victim of hospital negligence.