What is hospital negligence?
Very few of us are lucky enough to avoid a visit to the hospital at some point either for ourselves or for those we love. Oftentimes, we are there under stressful situations such as surgery, visiting an ill friend or family member—or for a life-threatening emergency. Once we walk through those hospital doors, we put our trust in the hospital’s staff and administration to do everything within their power to offer us the highest standard of care. Most of the time, they get it right. But when things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating. In these unfortunate situations, it is difficult to know what our rights are, and who the responsible party may be.
If you think of a hospital like any other business, it hires employees to perform certain job functions and implements policies for operating its business. When those duties are not properly carried out by employees and have consequences that impact a patient’s health, then the hospital may be responsible for the negligence of its employees. Hospital employees include doctors, physician assistants, midwives, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, advanced practicing nurses, EMTs, lab technicians, and others. A radiologist may misinterpret a CT Scan leading to an error in diagnosis, or a nurse may inadvertently give you medication intended for somebody else. In addition, hospital administrators can be negligent in failing to properly staff the hospital or for failure to have appropriate policies and procedures in place.
The important piece for you to remember is that you as a patient or representative of a loved one—are entitled to a very specific standard of care by the hospital in which you sought treatment. We urge you, however, to consult with us as soon as you suspect you have been subject to medical negligence.
Each case of hospital malpractice is unique and at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we are well versed in the laws enacted to protect you. We don’t expect you to come to us knowing all the answers—that’s our job. We are continually educating ourselves and keeping up to date with the most current legal changes and news so that we may better serve your needs. Our malpractice attorneys have the experience, expertise and breadth of knowledge to pursue hospital malpractice cases of merit.
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble we will work diligently on your behalf to provide you with excellent representation. Though damages awarded to the victim of a medical malpractice case vary by situation, rest assured that our attorneys will always strive to seek the maximum allowable. After a thorough review of your case, together, we will determine the most appropriate damages to seek. Compensatory damages include recovery of financial loss in the past as well as an estimate of any future loss. Damages may also cover emotional issues such as reduced enjoyment of life due to a disability or loss. Pain and suffering covers the physical and mental distress suffered because of an injury, medical error or negligence.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble is one of the oldest and best-known medical malpractice law firms in New Jersey. Our medical malpractice lawyers have represented many victims who have needlessly suffered and won millions of dollars on their behalf in verdicts and settlements related to hospital malpractice. A recent case of note involved the over-medication of an elderly patient causing the patient to lapse into a long-term coma. Through our tireless pursuit of the truth and thorough investigation into the facts, our lawyers were successful in recovering a multi-million dollar award.
If you feel that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, we invite you to speak to one of our excellent medical malpractice attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. The initial consultation is free, confidential, and you are under no obligation. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817