Proving Hospital Negligence in a Medical Case
In the field of professional medicine there is an accepted standard of care that must be afforded all patients. This standard is clearly defined as the level of care that a patient can reasonably expect under normal conditions. This standard applies to both doctors and hospitals. If there is a question about the standard of care you receive as a patient in a hospital it is best to contact a hospital negligence lawyer to seek compensation for any injuries. Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. has a great deal of knowledge and experience in handling these types of medical malpractice lawsuits.
There is no difference between a lawsuit against a doctor or a hospital. However, there are certain areas of hospital care that a doctor may or may not influence. It is also necessary to identify the role of the doctor in relation to the hospital since not all doctors work for the hospital, and then they have to be treated differently.
Types of Hospital Negligence
There are many causes of hospital negligence that can lead to harm or injury to patients. When there is a shortage of trained staff on duty this can lead to a lack of care and supervision within the hospital. Also, untrained or poorly trained nurses or aides can negatively effect on patient care. When this is the case there can also be lost records and test results as well as just a general lack of communication between and among nurses, doctors, and the patient.
Facilities are also a piece of the overall standard of care. If there is outdated equipment for treatment, and if the building or room is in disrepair, this could lead to issues causing injury to the patient. Sometimes the hospital is unclean, and this is of immediate concern to anyone being treated in the facility.
How to Prove Negligence
The underlying causes of hospital accidents can lead to patient injuries like falls, serious infections, misdiagnosed conditions, and preventable birth complications. In these cases a hospital negligence lawyer can usually trace the problem back to a systemic failure in the practices of the hospital.
The law offices of Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. have had a great deal of success in evaluating hospital systems of care to determine where a mistake may have been made. In some situations where the doctor is not working for the hospital there can be two claims, and it takes experience to determine the right track to take.
In order to prove negligence against the hospital, the patient must show that the level of care was below the standard expected from similar institutions. In addition, the patient must also prove that there was causation. This means that there is a connection between the systematic error and the injury that was a result of the error. Medical malpractice suits are very complex, and it is always best to have an experienced malpractice attorney working on the case.
There are several things to look for if there is a suspicion of a hospital’s failure to meet an expected standard of care when this lack of care leads to patient injury and even death. At the law offices of Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. we will work the extra hours to make sure we have a thorough understanding of the causes and the underlying reasons why treatment at a hospital may have turned into a medical problem. Contact us at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a free review of your situation. We never charge a fee unless we win your case.