As with any type of negligence, hospital negligence can lead to serious injury and even death. Hospital negligence includes malpractice committed by doctors, nurses, nurse’s aides, physician’s assistants, and technicians employed by the hospital. Types of hospital negligence can include inadequate supervision of staff, inadequate staffing, exposure to hazards, substandard care, unclean facilities, tainted instruments, or failing to perform or properly interpret diagnostic tests.
In order to prevent inadequate or negligent care, hospitals that ae licensed and regulated by Federal and State law are required to adhere to certain policies and procedures to ensure the health and well-being of the patients in their care. Patients who are injured due to negligence are entitled to compensation from the liable hospital for their injuries.
Hospitals with emergency rooms need to care for critical and non-critical patients in an environment that is fast-paced. Emergency room staff have been trained in triage, which is the assessment of the seriousness of a patient’s medical condition so they can provide prompt care when it is needed. If a patient’s condition is incorrectly assessed, it can lead to delayed diagnoses and/or delayed treatment. This delay can result in death for critically ill or injured patients.
When seeking compensation from a hospital for you injuries it is important that violations of policy and regulations are identified, and negligence is uncovered. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help by interviewing hospital staff, obtaining records, and conducting a thorough investigation. In addition, in preparation for trial, a medical specialist in the field will be sought out.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of hospital negligence, contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. You may be entitled to past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, other monetary costs, and pain and suffering.
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