Hospital malpractice occurs when the staff of a hospital does not provide patients with the quality of care that meets certain professional and medical standards. When a patient is given substandard care, as a consequence, their condition may worsen, they may be injured, or they may even die. Sadly, medical malpractice, including hospital malpractice, takes the lives of too many people every year, leaving behind families now facing mounting expenses related to the incident while questioning whether anything could have been done to prevent the loss of their loved one.
Examples of Hospital Malpractice
Hospital malpractice can take many forms. A patient may become injured or their condition may be worsened due to a surgical error, or a mistake made during the post-operative care. A nurse administering a patient's medication may give the patient the wrong drug, an incorrect dosage, or even a medication to which the patient is allergic to. Mistakes can happen in the emergency room, where often the fast pace and pressure can result in an incorrect diagnosis or the improper treatment of a condition. Doctors and resident physicians typically work long, consecutive hours, and there are rules in place that dictate how often they must rest. However, should a hospital be short-staffed, or if administrators bend or break the rules and allow physicians to work longer hours, medical personnel may be working although they are extremely fatigued, which may result in any number of errors.
Mistakes can happen in the emergency room, where often the fast pace and pressure can result in an incorrect diagnosis.
Hospitals may also commit malpractice if their record-keeping habits or hiring tactics result in second-rate care or lack of care that causes patient injuries, additional complications, or death. For example, if a hospital fails to conduct an adequate check of a potential employee's credentials, or if they fail to hire enough staff to meet the needs of patients at the hospital, or if they fail to keep proper patient records; should any one of these situations result in a patients harm, the hospital may be held liable.
As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to prove medical malpractice, particularly in a hospital. Adding to complications is the fact that often the full extent of the damage caused by a malpractice incident may not become apparent until sometime after a patient has left a hospital. Anyone who suspects they may have been harmed by a form of medical malpractice is advised to consult with a Nebraska hospital malpractice lawyer to learn more about their legal options as soon as possible.
Effective Legal and Medical Experience Protecting Your Rights in Nebraska
Anyone who has been injured or has suffered due to a hospital's negligence or carelessness may be eligible to receive compensation to cover such costs as hospital and medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If it is determined that a hospital acted maliciously or recklessly, a victim may also be entitled to punitive damages.
If you believe you have been injured due to a hospital's negligence, contact Cullan & Cullan LLC. As Omaha injury lawyers who are also physicians, we are well aware of the standard of care a patient is expected to receive. We will carefully review the details of your case and help you determine the best course of action in order for you to receive compensation for your suffering. Call (402) 882-7080 today.