What is hospital negligence?
Hospital negligence is a type of malpractice involving the inadequate care of a hospital and/or its medical personnel that may not involve a doctor per se. Hospital’s have vicarious liability for doctors and nurses who are employed by the hospital and those who have privileges to work within the hospital walls, even if they are not employed by the hospital. If the personnel are employed by the hospital, they hospital can be directly liable. Many cases of direct hospital negligence involves nurses employed by the hospital and fail to follow standard nursing protocol or follow doctor’s specific orders regarding the patient’s care. Other examples include;
- nurses failing to recognize fall risks,
- providing a patient with improper prescription medication during their hospital stay,
- sexual or physical abuse
- failing to respond to distress or code calls
- improper training, supervision and security
Hospital negligence can also involve poor staffing, faulty equipment, and substandard administrative rules/regulations. It is important to speak to a medical malpractice attorney very early in your case to determine whether you have been the victim of hospital negligence.
Should I contact a lawyer about possible hospital negligence?
If you believe that you or a loved one have possibly been injured as result of hospital negligence or if a loved one was killed as a result of hospital negligence you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately. In South Carolina, there is a 3 year statute of limitation from the date of service to file a hospital negligence case. Therefore, time is of the essence. There is often significant pre-suit work that is required for the attorney to be able to pursue a hospital negligence case. The pre-suit process includes obtaining all the necessary medical records and having them reviewed by an expert in a particular area. In a hospital negligence case, the attorney will likely need to have your medical records reviewed by a nursing expert in addition to a hospitalist doctor and/or possible emergency room doctors or other medical experts. This pre-suit investigation can be very time-consuming and it is important for you to provide a lawyer with as much opportunity to get the case prepared for serving the notice of intent to initiate litigation.
Below are just some of the several cases the attorneys at Clekis Law Firm can help you fight:
Impairment & Paralysis
Failure to Detect Blood Clot
Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Emergency Room Negligence
Heart Condition Mistakes
Medication Mistakes & Prescription Errors
Birth Injuries & Trauma
Disabilities Resulting from Negligence
Failure to Obtain Patient Consent
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