Serving Victims of Hospital Errors and Negligence in Stamford, Danbury, and Bridgeport, CT
We go to hospitals to get better. Sadly, some people leave hospitals in worse shape than when they arrived. Others never get to leave at all.
While hospitals aren’t miracle grounds, they do have a responsibility to exercise their considerable expertise to make you better. Too often, though, hospitals make mistakes. Carelessness and haste creep in. Safety slips through the cracks. Doctors and nurses rush. Patients’ complaints fall on deaf ears. Charts get mixed up. Emergencies go undiagnosed.
Even though most hospital mistakes are accidents – no one intends for patients to suffer – the hospitals and the doctors whom they partner with can still be held liable for providing substandard safety or care.
Unfortunately, the reality of today’s hospital climate makes it a breeding ground for error. Hospitals are overcrowded, their doctors are overworked, their nurses are short-staffed, their equipment isn’t always up to date, and because hospitals are ultimately businesses, they always feel pressured to protect their bottom lines.
But none of that is your fault. Nor does it change the very serious duty that doctors and hospitals owe you. That duty begins the moment when they accept you into their care.
Hospitals can generally be held accountable for creating or maintaining a safe or unsanitary environment, for failing to protect their patients from harm, and for employing careless staff members. In many cases, they can also be held vicariously liable for the negligence of the doctors who attend to patients within their walls.
Of course, hospitals are well funded and well insured. A whole army of lawyers waits to protect them from incoming injury claims. Don’t let that discourage you. If you or a loved one has suffered because a hospital made mistakes, the experienced Connecticut hospital negligence attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC can help. Call us today.
Common Hospital Mistakes
Doctors, nurses, surgeons, and caregivers who fail to find a serious medical condition – or who allow a medical condition to grow worse without proper treatment – can be held liable for breaching their duty of care. Likewise, in many cases, hospitals can be held liable for the negligence of the care providers who work there.
Hospitals can also be held accountable under a theory of premises liability. Just as grocery stores and movie theaters are required to keep their buildings in a safe and sanitary state for the public, hospitals can be held liable for failing to adequately maintain a safe and secure premises.
Hospital mistakes commonly include:
- Misinterpreting an x-ray or test result
- Operating on the wrong body part (wrong site surgery)
- Other surgical errors
- Administering the wrong type or dosage of medication
- Failing to identify symptoms or failing to adequately treat an injury or illness
- Neglecting a patient’s care
- Failing to adequately disinfect patient rooms and/or surgical tools
- Undue delay in treating a patient during an emergency
- Misdiagnosing a heart attack, stroke, drug overdose, or other emergency
- Failing to address safety hazards in patient rooms or on the hospital floor
- Any other dangerous, unreasonable, or substandard practices
Types Of Injuries Caused By Hospital Mistakes
Hospital negligence could lead to many different types of injuries, including (but not limited to):
- Birth injuries, like cerebral palsy
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage
- Surgical infections
- Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)
- Heart attack and heart failure
- Brain damage
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Advancement of a disease, like cancer
- Slip and fall
- Wrongful death
Our experienced Connecticut hospital negligence lawyers can help you pursue justice in the face of these or any other injuries.
Serving Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, and all of Connecticut
Finding a truly passionate legal team with extensive experience in your specific area of medical malpractice can be difficult, but it is so important. At Berkowitz and Hanna LLC, we’ve been helping patients and families stand up against negligent hospital mistakes for decades.
During that time, we’ve cultivated real experience and effective strategies in so many areas of medical malpractice. We’ve made a difference for families throughout this state, and we’d like to make a difference for you and yours.
That’s why we make our legal services available to injured victims throughout the entire state of Connecticut. Whether you’re in Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, New Haven, Greenwich, or anywhere else in The Constitution State, you can count on us.
Contact A Connecticut Hospital Negligence Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or wrongful death due to hospital negligence, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC and request a free evaluation of your case. We’ll do our best to answer your questions right away and help you decide which steps to take next.