When we need more than just a routine checkup, we often turn to hospitals for medical treatment. Hospitals can often provide more specialized and sophisticated care, and they also have access to more advanced technology for testing and treatment.
Unfortunately, hospitals do not always help their patients get better. Sometimes, negligent hospital practices can lead to preventable mistakes, which cause devastating harm to patients and their families.
If you believe hospital negligence hurt you or a loved one, do not wait to get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney. A Shelton hospital malpractice lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna can help you understand your options and pursue the payments you need to make things right.
Most people think of individuals, like doctors and nurses, and not large hospitals and other institutions when they think of medical malpractice. However, when medical institutions have negligent hospital practices, patients can suffer serious harm. Hospital practices can significantly impact the quality of care that a patient receives.
Hospitals should screen potential doctors, nurses, and technicians before hiring them to ensure they are quality candidates. A hospital could be liable for an employee’s mistakes if they hire someone with a criminal record or poor performance record from their previous job.
Some medical errors occur due to understaffing. Overworked medical professionals might struggle to provide high-quality treatment when forced to care for too many patients. Hospitals should ensure they have enough physicians and other staff members to care for all patients safely.
Hospitals need to provide on-the-job training for all their staff members. While doctors go to medical school and nurses go to nursing school, not all hospital employees go to specific schools to prepare them for their job duties. In addition, every institution operates differently, so hospitals need to help their new employees adjust.
In addition to hiring competent workers, hospitals need to continually track and monitor their employees’ performances. Healthcare institutions must ensure their staff members are continually meeting the standards of delivering quality care.
Although not every hospital can purchase the most state-of-the-art equipment, hospitals should try to as stay up to date with technology as is reasonably possible given their budget constraints. Additionally, hospitals should maintain their equipment and replace it when it has worn out or become outdated.
Hospitals must have policies in place regarding cleanliness and hygiene to prevent the spread of illnesses. In addition, unsanitary conditions can lead to infections.
A knowledgeable lawyer can review a Shelton hospital’s employee manuals, hiring manuals, and training practices to learn more about their practices. They could also speak with medical experts to determine whether a hospital’s practices were negligent.
Some situations that could be grounds for a hospital malpractice claim include:
Anyone who is unsure of whether their situation could constitute medical negligence should consult with a legal professional. A dedicated Shelton hospital malpractice attorney can provide tailored insight and help with taking legal action.
Pursuing malpractice claims against hospitals is never easy. Most institutions have in-house legal departments prepared to deny liability or offer low settlements. For the best chance of succeeding in a claim, work with an experienced and tenacious legal team. At Berkowitz Hanna, we do not back down from big institutions and are prepared to fight for the justice you deserve.
To speak with a Shelton hospital malpractice lawyer about your options, contact our office today. Your initial consultation is free.