When a hospital makes a mistake, the results can be devastating, including life-changing injuries or wrongful death. Hospitals have an enormous responsibility to take care of their patients. When they fail in that responsibility, the consequences can be severe. For that reason, hospitals and all medical professionals are expected to maintain a high standard of care with every patient every day.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a hospital's error, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer at Jacobs & Jacobs in New Haven can help. Call us at 203-777-2300.
How Jacobs & Jacobs Handles Cases of Hospital Errors
Our attorneys have handled a number of cases of hospital errors over the years and understand the issues. Hospitals can make many errors, including:
- Misread X-ray: A misread X-ray can mean a problem is ignored until it is too late to treat or requires much more extensive treatment than would have been needed earlier.
- Failure to monitor: If the hospital staff fails to monitor vital signs (a heart monitor or a fetal monitor, for example), the resulting hospital error can cause a birth injury or wrongful death.
- Medication errors: If the hospital pharmacy fails to properly fill a prescription or if a nurse or other caregiver administers the wrong dosage, the hospital error may cause serious injury or death.
- Nursing errors: When a surgical nurse fails to monitor equipment, fails to take measures to prevent infection, or fails to have the right surgical tools at hand, the hospital is responsible for the error.
- Emergency room errors: Hospital emergency room personnel can fail to make the appropriate tests for the patient's symptoms. The patient might be sent home without a proper diagnosis and treatment, which can increase the potential danger to the patient.
- Failure to respond: To save money, hospitals often staff at minimal levels. When they fail to provide sufficient staff to respond to a patient emergency in a timely manner, that hospital error could cause life-changing injury or wrongful death.
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer: Certain cancers are up to 95 percent curable when detected early. These same illnesses, left undiagnosed, can cause devastation.
- Anesthesia errors: Mistakes while administering anesthesia can have extremely harmful consequences.
- Leaving foreign objects: Patients may face additional surgery or complications because the surgeon or another medical professional left a sponge, clamp, or another object in the body during an operation.
When you suspect a hospital error has caused a serious injury or wrongful death, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer at Jacobs & Jacobs who has the experience and resources to investigate the situation.
You are welcome to call 203-777-2300 or email our law firm to talk about your medical malpractice injury or a loved one's wrongful death caused by hospital errors.