Standing Up For Victims Of Hospital Negligence
Hospital negligence is a broad term encompassing a number of medical malpractice actions and inactions of doctors, nurses and administrative staff employed by hospitals. Negligence occurs when individuals fail to provide the care of services expected of their positions as health care providers. We know how to navigate Indiana’s medical malpractice laws at Park Woody Vaughan, P.C. from years of experience in malpractice litigation, including representing victims of hospital negligence.
The overwhelming volume of patients a busy hospital cares for on any given day contributes to errors in communication resulting in negligence with potentially devastating effects on patients.
Common examples of hospital negligence include:
- Incorrect charting
Nurses and doctors rely on a patient’s medical chart to communicate important changes in the patient’s health. If a nurse fails to properly document test results or note an important change in a patient’s health status, a doctor’s ability to treat the patient is compromised. This failure of communication may lead to health risks or even death and is entirely preventable.
- Medication errors
A nurse or doctor may inadvertently administer the incorrect medication or an incorrect dosage of the proper medications to a patient. This error often compromises a patient’s care and may lead to serious health consequences.
- Nursing mishaps
Nurses perform many important functions in a hospital, ranging from recording a patient’s medical history to monitoring the functionality of medical equipment in a patient’s room. If a nurse neglects to perform these duties in accordance with the standards of care expected of a hospital, significant medical consequences can result.
- The use of unsterilized equipment
Despite the best efforts of hospitals and staff, it is not uncommon for unsterilized equipment to be used while treating a patient. The failure is a clear example of negligence and may produce serious infection or even death.
- The failure to attend to patients in a timely manner
Hospitals often face a high volume of patients with a wide variety of medical needs. If the hospital staff is overworked or undermanned, a patient may go many hours without being checked on by a health care provider. A person’s health is constantly changing, and you have the right to expect your health care provider to attend to your needs in a timely manner.
We Have The Experience And Resources You Need
Despite the efforts of hospitals and their staff members, negligence in a hospital or emergency room is not uncommon. An experienced malpractice attorney with knowledge of the intricate points of Indiana malpractice law provides a powerful ally in your medical malpractice claim. Providing hospital negligence is a difficult proposition. Our attorneys and on-staff registered nurse provide straight answers to your questions and a clear vision of potential case outcomes. If you decide to seek damages, we offer aggressive legal advocacy for you and your loved one.
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The office of Park Woody Vaughan, P.C. is conveniently located at the corner of Delaware and Ohio in downtown Indianapolis. A parking garage is available for clients. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with night and weekend hours available by request. Payment is based on a contingency fee structure.