How Can Hospitals Act Negligently? A Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains
Hospitals should be places of rest, recovery, and healing. Tragically, though, they are also places where tens of thousands of serious medical mistakes take place each year. Instead of getting better and going home, far too many patients find themselves in a worse condition than when they checked in – harmed from errors that range from medication mistakes to wrong treatments to surgical errors.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a hospital error, you have the right under the law to seek compensation and justice. We invite you to work alongside Kentucky medical malpractice attorney Seth Gladstein to investigate your case, file your claim, and secure the justice and compensation that you deserve. To talk to Seth and his legal team today during a private, confidential, and free case review, please call our offices at (800) 991-0474.
Common Forms of Hospital Negligence in Kentucky
There are various ways that a hospital can be negligent to its patients, ranging to major surgical errors to medication dosage errors. Any one of these errors could lead to serious harm, extensive medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disabilities, and considerable pain and suffering. These are some of the more common examples of hospital negligence and hospital errors:
- Hospitals facilities that are unsafe.
- Hospital facilities that are unsanitary.
- Hospital errors involving prescription drugs or medications.
- Staff members who are not properly trained, including nurses and CNAs.
- Medical equipment that is outdated or not properly maintained.
- Nurses who do not follow the orders of a physician.
- Nurses and doctors who do not follow the policies and procedures of the hospital.
- Hospital staff who fail to take notice of a patient whose condition is worsening or has signs of being distressed.
- Hospital staff who fail to properly monitor a patient or their vital signs.
- Hospitals with less than adequate staffing.
- Hospitals with poor recordkeeping or poor recordkeeping policies.
- Lack of proper communication between hospital staff, physicians, and nurses.
- Hospitals that lack proper safety procedures.
- Surgical errors and surgery-related negligence.
- Patient negligence or patient abuse.
- Patient slip and fall accidents.
- Missed diagnosis or wrong diagnosis.
As you can see, hospital negligence and hospital errors can happen in a variety of ways, and for a variety of reasons. But, the one commonality among hospital errors is this: The hospital had a responsibility to prevent the injury, and the injury should not have happened (and would not have happened at another comparable hospital). Even if a hospital is busy and even if the hospital staff is stressed, overworked, or overwhelmed, there are not excuses for your injury and pain.
Hospital Errors and Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Due to the ever-changing aspects of the structure of the medical field, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have made changes to keep costs down. One of their strategies is to put all related healthcare professionals into one practice group that employs physicians and nurses, changing the way that injured patients must bring malpractice charges against healthcare providers. Instead of suing a doctor and the hospital, it is now more likely that healthcare providers, including doctors, are all hospital system employees, and that your claim will be filed against the hospital system itself.
Understanding who is technically at fault for your injuries can be confusing. A Kentucky medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the system, and file your hospital error claim quickly and correctly.
What Can I Do If I Am a Kentucky Hospital Error Medical Malpractice Victim?
Whether you recognize a medical mistake immediately upon your time in the hospital, or whether you only recently realized an error occurred after returning home, you can speak with a Louisville medical malpractice attorney about your experience and find out if you may have a valid injury claim to file against the hospital where you were harmed. In Kentucky, you have two years from the date of your medical error (or the error’s discovery) to file a medical malpractice claim.
You have the power to hold healthcare professionals and facilities accountable for their mistakes, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. At Gladstein Law Firm, we are committed to getting to the bottom of every case we take on and doing everything possible to securing you a fair and fast outcome.
Our Kentucky injury law firm will walk with you through the process, identifying your legal and financial needs, and then fight aggressively for fair financial compensation. To request a free, confidential consultation, please fill out our contact form or call us today at (800) 991-0474 to get started down the road to recovery.