When injured persons visit the hospital, they do so under the pretense that they will be helped not harmed. But sometimes, hospital staff or the administration itself is negligent, which can very easily lead to patient injury. From hospital-acquired infections to sexual abuse, to botched surgeries, misdiagnosis, and more, hundreds of thousands of patients are harmed due to hospital negligence every year.
Have you been injured while under the care of a hospital? You have rights! In fact, you may qualify to recover compensation for your hospital bills, pain and suffering, missed time from work, and other damages.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our lawyers are skilled in handling a wide range of medical negligence cases. We have a track record of success worth over $500 million in client recoveries. Put our proven trial experience on your side of the court—we will tirelessly advocate for your rights as we work to maximize your compensation.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact a Kansas City hospital negligence lawyer online today.
At its heart, hospital negligence is any negligent act or failure to act that breaches the “duty of care” a hospital has to its patients. Essentially, this duty of care requires hospitals to follow certain professional medical industry standards, such as hiring trained medical staff and making sure medical devices are in working order. Since the hospital’s duty of care extends to its employees, it can be held accountable when negligent employees cause patient injury.
Hospital negligence cases typically involve the following:
Hospitals may be held accountable for sexual abuse and assault committed by a hospital staff member. Remember, hospitals owe a duty of care to their patients, which includes taking extra care when hiring new staff to protect patients from predators. Hospitals must also take immediate action when abuse/assault is reported; unfortunately, many attempts to cover it up to protect their own interests.
A hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is when a patient acquires an infection not associated with their admitted diagnosis. HAIs are unnervingly common, in part due to the weakened immune system of the average hospital patient and the variety of bacteria found in hospitals.
The most common types of HAIs contracted by patients include:
Patients can sue for a hospital-acquired infection if hospital negligence was to blame. For example, if a nurse failed to wash their hands after treating a patient they knew was infected with, say, C. diff, then a patient who was later infected may have a case. But if the nurse followed all standard procedures and a patient still contracted C. diff, then there would be no case. The infection must have been preventable for the patient to have a case.
Hospital negligence comes in many different forms, and sadly, many hospitals will cover it up when it occurs. If you or a loved one was injured at a hospital, do not wait to consult an attorney. Peterson & Associates, P.A. offers free consultations to prospective clients. Our skilled staff is happy to help you gain some clarity on your legal rights, even if you are unsure whether you have a case.
Call (816) 298-8708 to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City hospital negligence attorney.
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