Knowledgeable Legal Guidance for Complex Medical Malpractice Cases
When you go to the hospital or emergency room after sustaining an injury or illnesses, the goal is to leave in better condition than when you arrived. Unfortunately, some hospitals and medical centers are not as safe as they should be and can actually cause patients further injuries due to providing poor quality care.
When medical errors caused by hospital or emergency room negligence cause you preventable harm, you could be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering and to cover the costs of your injuries.
At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, our winning team of lawyers has been working with victims of hospital negligence for over 35 years. We have seen firsthand the trauma that these individuals face after falling victim to medical errors. We have secured hundreds of millions in rewards to help get them back on the road to recovery.
If you suffered preventable harm as a result of negligent care in an ER or hospital, contact our New York hospital malpractice lawyers at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP for a free consultation. Call (800) 572-7246 or contact us online to get started.
Common Examples of Hospital Negligence
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease and cancer. The idea that medical errors often occur within a hospital setting is distressing for most people to think about, but we see these types of cases almost every day.
Common types of hospital errors that could be eligible for medical malpractice claims include:
- Blood clots
- Fall injuries
- Adverse drug events
- Bed sores
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia injuries
- Pregnancy complications and birth defects
- Medication errors
Sustaining an additional infection, illness, or injury on top of the health condition that initially brought someone to the hospital can put patients at an elevated risk of long-term or permanent consequences.
If you believe you or someone you love was a victim of hospital negligence, contact our hospital malpractice attorneys in New York for the best possible outcome. Our attorneys possess the skills and knowledge needed to secure a successful settlement or take your case to a trial verdict to seek justice for the needless pain and suffering you have sustained.
What Causes Hospital Errors?
Every hospital has safety and medical protocols which the staff is required to follow in order to prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses. Medical errors most often occur when these procedures are not being followed, allowing preventable mistakes to harm and possibility even cause the death of unsuspecting patients.
Some of the most common types of medical errors stem from these root causes:
- Communication problems: Medical mistakes increase when staff is not on the same page regarding patient care. Performing unnecessary screenings, neglecting to perform proper screenings, medication errors, and mistakes preparing for surgeries and other medical procedures can all be linked to poor communication.
- Incomplete patient information: Patient information is collected to help avoid adverse reactions to treatments and devise the best possible plan for recovery. If the patient information is incorrect or incomplete, mistakes can have traumatic consequences.
- Technical errors: Technology errors can lead to massive complications when it comes to patient safety, particularly when medical devices fail during life-threatening procedures.
- Inadequate information flow: Information that needs to be transferred between facilities can leave room for error if the information is delayed, incorrect, or incomplete.
- Improper and inconsistent training: Not all staff are trained by the same people, which can lead to some staff receiving less effective training than other groups and increasing their chances for errors.
- Staffing issues: Hospitals frequently experience staffing shortages or rotating staff. Inconsistent staffing can create lapses in care for patients and increase the likelihood of medical mistakes.
- Inadequate policies: Sometimes staff are doing everything they can to follow the hospital protocols, but the polices themselves are insufficient in protecting patient health and safety.
- General neglect: Any time medical personnel neglect to provide the best quality of care, a patient’s life is put at risk. Errors that fall under this category include not cleaning up working areas, failing to follow protocols or safety procedures, skipping steps, putting off tasks or passing them off to unqualified medical staff, failing to complete patients’ records, or failing to read a patient’s records before treatments.
When medical errors occur because of these or other preventable factors, hospital staff can be held accountable. Our experienced team of attorneys at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP will investigate every aspect of your case to determine what caused your hospital injury and confirm whether staff negligence or oversight played a part.
From examining all medical records, interviewing staff, and consulting with the top medical professionals on your condition, we possess the essential resources to bring your case to a favorable solution.
Can I Sue a Hospital for Malpractice?
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice at a hospital, you may be wondering if you have any legal recourse. Generally, medical malpractice refers to a healthcare professional's failure to provide care that meets the accepted medical standard of care, which can result in harm or injury to the patient.
If you believe you have a case for medical malpractice against a hospital, it is important to consider several factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries, the quality of the evidence that supports your claim, and the applicable laws and regulations in your state.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to consult with a New York hospital malpractice attorney to determine your legal options and develop a strategy for pursuing justice and fair compensation.
How an Attorney Can Help Investigate Your Claim
Obtain Medical Records
The first step an attorney should take when investigating a hospital malpractice claim is to obtain the patient’s medical records. These records will provide valuable information about the patient’s diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The attorney can use this information to determine if the care provided by the hospital was appropriate for the patient’s condition.
The attorney should also interview any witnesses who may have seen or heard something related to the incident in question. This includes medical staff, family members, and other patients who were present at the time of the incident or shortly thereafter. Witnesses can provide valuable insight into what happened before, during, and after the incident occurred.
Research Relevant Laws and Regulations
The attorney should research relevant laws and regulations to determine if any were violated during the incident in question. This includes laws and regulations pertaining to patient safety, medical negligence, and hospital policies and procedures. By researching these laws and regulations, the attorney can gain a better understanding of how they may have contributed to or impacted the incident in question.
Consult with Experts
Finally, it is important for an attorney to consult with experts who can provide additional insight into a hospital malpractice claim. This includes medical professionals such as doctors or nurses who are familiar with similar cases as well as other legal experts who specialize in this area of law. Consulting with these individuals can help an attorney gain a better understanding of how best to proceed with a claim against a hospital for malpractice.
Seek Justice Now for Your Injuries
The statute of limitations for suing for incidents of hospital negligence is one of the most significant struggles patients face when choosing to file a claim. Don’t wait until it is too late. Let our winning team provide you with the care and compassion you deserve and allow us to stand up for your rights against the hospitals and medical institutions that caused you harm.
Contact Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice against hospital negligence.
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