Were You Injured In The Hospital?
When doctors and nurses don't do their jobs, our law firm holds them accountable
Patients go to the hospital seeking the treatment they need for acute medical issues. They expect to receive those services in a safe environment that's focused on their health. Unfortunately, for too many patients, that's not the case. Hospital injuries and infections can lead to serious complications and even death, and those incidents are even more tragic because the victims should have been properly cared for.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the hospital, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side. You need someone who will conduct thorough research, find the negligent parties and hold them accountable. You need hospital injury lawyer George S. Johnson.
Common types of injuries in hospitals
Because of the broad range of medical issues that hospitals handle on a daily basis, there are many risks to patients. When hospitals fail to effectively manage those risks, incidents can occur such as:
- Hospitals are busy places, and with so much foot traffic, falls sometimes occur. Patients can trip and fall when equipment or other debris are left out in hallways or when the floors themselves are badly maintained. Because a fall can aggravate an existing injury, and because many medical issues can lead to problems with walking or balance, hospital patients are especially at risk when trip hazards are allowed to persist.
- Hospital-acquired infections. Infectious diseases are a huge problem in hospitals. That's why doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are required to adhere to strict cleanliness protocols in order to prevent infections from spreading. When those protocols aren't followed, patients can become seriously ill. Because infections acquired in a hospital are often drug-resistant, these illnesses can be life-threatening.
- Surgical errors. Patients undergoing surgery are at high risk of acquiring infections or being otherwise injured. Many surgical errors are called "never events" because they are the result of blatant negligence on the part of a surgeon. For instance, patients may leave the hospital with surgical tools left inside their bodies, or a surgery may be conducted on the wrong body part or even the wrong patient.
- Issues at discharge. The moment of discharge from the hospital is often the most dangerous time for patients. Sometimes, hospitals discharge patients too soon in order to cut costs. In other cases, inadequate or incorrect information is given to the patient's primary care doctor, leading to future medication errors or other dangers to the patient's health.
If you or a loved one was injured at a hospital, you have legal rights - but actually exercising those rights can be difficult. There may be a dispute over liability, as the hospital may claim that the doctor who injured you was only "visiting" rather than an employee of the hospital. Or the negligent care provider may argue that you had a pre-existing condition rather than being hurt due to issues with your care. That's why you need to contact an experienced attorney right away.
The Law Office of George S. Johnson is dedicated to holding negligent hospitals accountable and helping victims get full and fair compensation for their injuries. Call today for your free consultation. (866) 904-6653.