Hospitals are places we rely on as sanctuaries. Many can credit hospitals with saving their lives, and families frequently welcome new babies under a hospital’s care. That is why the issue of hospital negligence is so profound, and why it’s important to hold wrongdoers responsible for the consequences.
We at Osborne & Francis have an extensive history of representing medical and healthcare-related cases. When the people and institutions meant to heal us instead cause harm, we do everything in our power to hold them accountable. Most importantly, we work to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries so that you have all the resources available for recovery.
If you need an immediate consultation, call Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 to discuss your situation. For more information on what qualifies as hospital negligence, read on.
The basic legal definition of “negligence” is: a failure to behave with the level of care that a person in the same situation would perform. For example, a negligent action may mean throwing a lit match in a dry, forested area, without regard that it may cause a fire. A negligent inaction would be failing to stop that fire or call for help.
Hospital negligence begins with the higher standard of care owed to patients from anyone working in the healthcare field. This includes surgeons, doctors, and nurses, as well as administrative, technician, and janitorial staff in hospitals. Examples include:
These are only examples of ways hospital negligence may occur. If you were injured while under a hospital’s care, contact Osborne & Francis by calling (561) 293-2600 to explain your circumstances, and secure representation right away.
Suing a hospital for negligence is your right if you have been injured due to mistreatment. Understanding the structure of a hospital may help explain the levels of care these institutions must provide.
Various types of hospital negligence may include:
Doctors and surgeons are often independent contractors in hospitals, responsible for their own instances of medical malpractice. However, hospitals sometimes directly employ physicians, as well as many other staff members. These workers may each hold a higher level of responsibility for patient care than anyone who is not employed in a healthcare field.
Reach out to an experienced hospital negligence lawyer to learn more about your rights. Compensation may be available to help you seek proper care.
By pursuing a hospital negligence case, you may be able to access financial resources to aid your own recovery—you may also help change hospital protocols for the safety of future patients.
A successful settlement or verdict for a hospital negligence case could mean financial coverage for:
These forms of compensation could greatly improve your health and the financial well-being of your family going forward. In addition, bringing a legal suit against a hospital can help improve their protocols or remove incompetant staff, and thus potentially save the lives of future patients.
Hospital negligence can be a lesser-known cause of injury and harm in the medical field. While many people are immediately aware when they’ve suffered surgical or prescription errors, hospital errors often occur unseen.
If you’ve received poor treatment at a hospital or clinic that caused or worsened your injury, speak with an attorney about your options. An experienced lawyer will know the ins and outs of how to sue a hospital for negligence, and hold those responsible accountable in court.
Osborne & Francis Law Firm can be reached via our online contact form or by calling (561) 293-2600 for a free, confidential consultation. There is no excuse to be made for improper medical treatment, and we are here to help you seek justice under the law.
Medication errors are the most common source of hospital negligence instances. This is due to many aspects of hospital care, including:
Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Medical malpractice is when a physician or other healthcare professional causes injury to a patient through a negligent action or inaction (omission). However, there are other hospital errors that can cause injury due to the structure, equipment usage, and administration of a hospital.
Hospital negligence is its own special category that sometimes overlaps with malpractice. Non-malpractice forms of negligence can still be addressed by the law.
Suing a hospital for negligence involves gathering four elements of proof, which are sometimes referred to as the four Ds:
Each of these four elements must be proven by your attorney in order to win your case or negotiate a fair settlement.
The offices of Osborne & Francis are headquartered in Florida, where the statute of limitations, aka the filing deadline, for medical malpractice cases is two years after the date of the injury.
However, there is an exception up to four years if the injury wasn’t immediately discoverable (like hidden gauze left inside a patient after surgery), and can be extended further if there was a criminal cover-up of injury (fraud or concealment).