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Common Instances of Hospital Negligence

December 14, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

Hospitals can be hectic places, with seriously ill patients requiring constant attention and care from the staff. Unfortunately, because of the stressful nature of hospital work, some patients may not get the treatment that they need when they need it, potentially causing them to suffer a serious medical complication or injury. The consequences of this type of unfortunate situation can be devastating, potentially changing the lives of the patient and their family forever. Additionally, in some circumstances, hospitals may unknowingly employ dangerous or unstable individuals, which can pose equally serious risks for patients.

There are a wide variety of different ways in which a hospital patient may suffer an injury or other medical complication as a result of negligence on the part of hospital staff or administrators. Some of the most common types of hospital negligence include the following:

  • Failure to admit patients who need immediate medical attention.
  • Inadequate employee hiring or training procedures.
  • Lack of appropriate staff oversight.
  • Failure to ensure that prescribed medications are safe for the patient.
  • Unsanitary conditions leading to patients developing an infection.
  • Errors during surgery.

Any of these or other common instances of hospital negligence can have extremely serious consequences for a patient, potentially causing them to suffer life-altering injuries or even death.

No one should have to cope with the consequences of a hospital’s negligence on their own. Fortunately, civil laws in the United States allow those who have suffered an injury that was caused by negligence on the part of hospital staff or administrators to seek compensation for their losses. If you have been the victim of hospital negligence, you should discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer to learn more about whether or not you may be entitled to pursue legal action against those responsible for your injuries.

The above article is a guest blog post by the medical malpractice lawyers at Levinson Axelrod Attorneys at Law.

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