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In the United States, medical errors are the third leading cause of death, causing more than 200,000 fatalities every year. Many studies have suggested that every physician in the country will, at some point in their career, face a medical negligence claim and, in fact, an average of 18,000 hospital negligence lawsuits are brought against doctors every year.
If you or a loved one was injured due to hospital negligence, it is crucial to seek the skilled and experienced legal assistance of a medical malpractice attorney. At Hampton & King, our Houston medical malpractice attorneys represent those who have suffered injuries caused by hospital negligence. When you work with us, you will not be charged any upfront costs or legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Reach out to our team today for the help you deserve at (713) 489-0993.
What is Hospital Negligence?
When an individual is admitted to a hospital, that person’s life is suddenly in the hands of nurses, physicians, and other staff members. If a hospital is understaffed or fails to hire qualified attendants, negligence is likely to occur. Although an individual, such as a physician, nurse, anesthesiologist, or another employee, causes the patient harm through negligence, the hospital is often deemed responsible for that employee’s actions. This is known as vicarious liability.
Like other medical malpractice cases, hospital negligence is an incredibly complex area of law. To make matters more difficult, healthcare facilities also have teams of lawyers and insurance providers willing to shell out enough money to ensure they are not held liable for their mistakes. This is why it is so crucial to obtain representation as soon as you become aware of your injuries and decide to pursue legal action.
Hampton & King understands that, due to your injuries, you might be facing mounting medical bills, lost wages, and other financial burdens, which is why we work with clients on a contingency fee basis.
What are Examples of Hospital Negligence?
Examples of hospital negligence are vast and nearly endless, but some of the most common ones include:
- Prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnose a disease, injury, or illness
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Retained surgical objects
- Improper care that leads to an infection
If a hospital fails to properly supervise or train staff, fails to provide enough staff to care for patients, or fails to ensure that independent contractors have the necessary credentials to administer adequate care, it may be held liable for hospital negligence.
What Elements Must be Proven in a Hospital Negligence Lawsuit?
In a hospital negligence claim, the following four elements should be present:
- All doctors working at a hospital are required to provide medical assistance to admitted patients if necessary. If a doctor refuses to treat a patient for whatever reason, the patient might be entitled to a file a hospital negligence lawsuit.
- If a doctor breaches his or her duty to provide adequate care, such as failing to interpret lab results correctly, a patient might have a viable hospital negligence case.
- The primary cause of the patient’s injury must be the negligence of a hospital or its employees rather than the patient’s inability or refusal to follow a plan of treatment.
- The injury must result in damages. If the injury did not yield any economic or non-economic harm, the lawsuit might be considered unwarranted.
Hospitals must maintain an appropriate standard of care that protects the well-being of every patient admitted to their facility. Unfortunately, when they fail to do this, people get hurt and, in many cases, die. If you believe you have suffered an injury due to hospital negligence, do not suffer in silence.
Houston Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fighting for Justice
At Hampton & King, our firm is equipped and prepared to handle the types of medical issues other lawyers tend to turn away from or avoid. The medical and legal experience and knowledge we possess empowers us to understand what happened to you. Our medical staff helps us develop our cases firsthand to ensure that when we pursue a claim, it can succeed in court.
Tell us more about your case. Contact our office at (713) 489-0993 to schedule a free consultation to get started.