Hospital Negligence – What You Need to Know

06-17-2015
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With the recent super bug infections at some of the nation’s leading hospitals, the issue of hospital negligence is garnering more attention than ever. Medical mistakes and adverse events during hospital stays, such as hospital-contracted infections, contribute to the death of more than 180,000 hospital patients in the United States just last year.

Hospital negligence can take a wide variety of forms including:

  • Bedsores
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital-contracted infections, including drug-resistant super bugs such as MRSA and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Surgical errors

How Common Are Cases of Hospital Negligence?
In a study published by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, research showed that medical errors were found in one in three hospital admissions. While every hospital thrives to provide quality care for their patients, there are often circumstances that contribute to hospital negligence. These include staffing shortages, fragmented processes, poorly-maintained equipment, and even communication issues.

Should You Pursue a Hospital Negligence Case?
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured due to hospital negligence, the first step is contacting a law firm that specializes in medical and hospital malpractice. Hospital staff, including doctors, nurses, technicians, and other specialists have been trained and licensed to effectively care for patients. Yet, mistakes do happen, and when they do, the consequences can be long-term or even life-threatening. Filing a hospital malpractice claim is your right as a patient. And, it may help you recover damages to help reimburse you for:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Pain and suffering

Don’t Delay in Filing
Time is of the essence when it comes to cases involving hospital negligence or medical malpractice. California and Arizona law have specific deadlines on the time in which you can file (statutes of limitations). Once the deadline has passed, you are no longer able to legally file a claim. Because the law relating to the time limitations is complex, it’s well worth your time to consult an attorney experienced in hospital negligence today to review your case and determine if there is still time to file a hospital negligence case.

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If you believe that you may have a hospital negligence claim, don’t delay and contact the legal team at Hodes Milman & Liebeck at 949-640-8222.

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