When something bad happens to you at the hospital and you are injured as a result, the first thing you may think about is medical malpractice. And in many cases, you would be right to do so. Obvious errors, like a surgeon leaving a clamp inside of you, or a pharmacist accidentally swapping your prescription for someone else's, or a doctor diagnosing you with indigestion when you have an ulcer, these are clear examples of medical malpractice.
But is medical malpractice all there is in such instances? Or can there be more to it than that? The key thing to bear in mind is that medical mistakes often do not happen in a vacuum. The doctor error is often the end result of contributing factors, such as inadequate staffing, inadequate training an supervision, poor hiring practices, or lack of proper facilities. All of these fall under the description of another form of potentially harm-causing behavior: hospital negligence.
Hospital negligence encompasses many aspects beyond acts directly connected with physician mistakes. Contractors responsible for support duties, such as keeping rooms and linens clean, can fail and the result can be opportunistic infections. The hospital itself has may have inadequate lighting in stairwells, or inadequate security in its parking area, or a poorly designed or maintained water system that can be a source of infectious diseases as serious as Legionnaires' Disease.
As attorneys who work with medical malpractice lawsuits, we at Furr & Henshaw know not only what to look for in the negligent acts of health care professionals but also the hospitals that they work for. Knowing the possible sources of liability for your injury is essential to being able to identify all of the potential party defendants who may be liable to you, and that can be key to securing the maximum compensation available. To learn more about how we can help you in a medical malpractice or hospital negligence matter (or both), see our webpage and then contact us to schedule an initial no-cost consultation.