When you are admitted to a hospital for treatment or seek urgent care in the emergency room, you trust the caregivers and other staff will do everything possible to assure your best outcome. Many times this is the case, but statistics show a startling number of patients are actually harmed or even killed due to mistakes made by hospital personnel. There is potential for error by doctors, nurses, aides, and administrators, with patients and their families paying the price. The medical malpractice attorneys at Foley Law Firm provide legal representation to patients who have been victims of hospital error. Our staff includes the only full-time medical doctor at a law firm in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania and a registered nurse, so our legal work includes unique insight and understanding of technical evidence. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or wrongful death due to error, accident, or equipment failure at a hospital, learn more about filing a hospital error lawsuit by contacting our Scranton or Stroudsburg office today.
About Hospital Error
Many people are aware of highly publicized cases of hospital error - events that sound truly outrageous. For example, the wrong patient receives an amputation or a surgical instrument is left inside a patient's body. These shocking events do occur, along with more common mistakes.
Medication mix-ups in the hospital are a common cause of patient injury or death. The wrong medication is dispensed, too high of a dose is given, or someone misreads a chart and an allergy is missed. Inadequate sanitation is another problem, leading to the spread of infection and severe illness. Equipment in a hospital may malfunction, leaving a patient without the aid of life-saving machinery. Surgical errors occur, including mistakes in anesthesiology, and birth injuries are not infrequent in the maternity ward.
Sometimes staffing mismanagement leads to hospital error, when an unqualified doctor or nurse is hired or an aide is inadequately trained. Safety or security standards may be lacking, leading to patient injury, or a hospital may be understaffed and patients are not properly monitored.
Medical Malpractice Law
A patient bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit must be able to demonstrate that negligence occurred on the part of the hospital or caregiver. Healthcare workers and facilities are held to a high standard of care, but there must be evidence indicating a reasonable standard was breached. Evidence will include charts and records, witness accounts, and scrutinization of hospital policies.
Foley Law Firm conducts a thorough investigation in every medical malpractice case, and if negligence or wrongdoing has occurred, we will uncover it. Our legal experience is fortified by medical expertise; our staff doctor and registered nurse know the signs of malpractice and how to prove it has occurred.
Compensation and the Client's Role
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to hospital error, you and your family may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. This may include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs, along with compensation for pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Foley Law Firm has a longstanding record of success in these cases, and has attained significant verdicts and settlements for clients. We encourage our clients to rest, recuperate, and start to rebuild their lives, leaving the legal issues, including insurance investigators, to us.
Contact Us to Learn More
We work strictly on a contingency basis for our plaintiffs. This means you will pay us nothing unless and until we obtain a settlement or jury award. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.