When you go to the hospital, you expect to come out better than you were when you went in. People seek medical intervention for many types of pain and illnesses that require professional medical intervention. However, if the medical professionals in the hospital are negligent in their care of you or a loved one, you could suffer additional injuries or even death.
Many signs point to hospital negligence, though they are not always obvious to the patient. If you suspect a hospital was negligent in caring for you or a loved one, you may have a Chicago hospital negligence case. Contact the Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Zayed Law Offices for a free case evaluation.
Table of Contents
- How To Know if a Hospital is Negligent
- Signs of Hospital Negligence
- Taking Legal Action
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
How Do I Know if a Hospital is Negligent in Caring for Me or a Loved One?
Sometimes, a hospital’s negligent actions or inactions are obvious. In other cases, it might be difficult for a layperson to determine whether the hospital was negligent. Someone who suspects a hospital was negligent should always seek legal advice as determining negligence is often complicated.
A Chicago medical malpractice attorney can review your case and tell you if the hospital’s negligence caused additional injuries or a loved one’s death unrelated to why you were in the hospital. An attorney will review your medical records and investigate the case to determine whether the hospital or medical professionals were negligent because of certain actions or inactions.
Five Elements of Negligence
To prove negligence, the plaintiff—you—must show:
- The hospital has a duty of standard care.
- The hospital owed the patient the duty of standard care.
- The hospital breached that duty with actions or inactions that did not meet the standard of care.
- As a result of the breach of the duty of standard of care owed to the plaintiff, the plaintiff/patient suffered injuries, and those injuries damaged them.
- The hospital’s breach of duty proximately caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
A hospital negligence attorney at Zayed Law Offices can review your case and advise whether a medical professional’s actions or inactions were negligent.
Common Signs of Hospital Negligence
You should receive the best care from any staff member in a hospital as soon as you walk in.
Signs of negligence might include:
- The triage nurse does not properly assess your condition and/or injuries. Improper assessment could lead to a delay in care or even a misdiagnosis.
- You contract an infection or disease unrelated to your condition while in the hospital. For example, a medical professional transmits a disease or infection because they do not take proper care to disinfect before moving from one patient to another. A medical professional could spread MRSA by not disinfecting between patients. You could also contract MRSA and other infections if the medical professionals do not properly disinfect machines and equipment between patients.
- Failing to follow protocol, such as not using gloves, not disinfecting equipment, or not retrieving sterilized equipment (such as a doctor using a scalpel on one person, rinsing it off, then using it on another person).
- Discharging a patient too early. If a patient still has signs of an illness, the patient has a larger risk of suffering additional injury if released too early.
These are just some common signs that negligence caused your additional illness. Instead of assuming that something that happened is not negligence, let a legal professional determine that since negligent behavior is not always obvious.
Taking Legal Action Against Hospitals for Negligence
Hospital neglect cases are complex, especially if more than one defendant shares responsibility for your damages. A hospital neglect medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the legal system and recover the compensation you deserve.
Sometimes, a doctor or other medical professional shares negligence with the hospital. When you take legal action against either, you deal with the person’s or entity’s medical malpractice insurance. High-priced lawyers represent insurance companies because losing means losing profits. Thus, an insurance company will find any reason to deny your claim.
Barring that, the insurance company will offer you the least amount possible and try to convince you that your case is not worth more than the lowball amount.
+ How Much is My Hospital Negligence Case Worth?
The value of your hospital negligence case depends on the severity of the injuries and, to some extent, the severity of the negligence perpetrated by the hospital. If you suffer injuries that take less than a year to recover from or that doctors do not expect to cause your death, you might recover economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and death-related expenses, such as funeral and burial costs and probate attorneys’ expenses.
However, if the negligence caused long-term or permanent injuries, resulted in the death of a loved one, or will result in your death, you or your family could recover non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of use of a body part or bodily function, excessive scarring, disfigurement, and inconvenience.
+ What Injuries Could Hospital Negligence Cause?
Hospital negligence could cause illnesses and injuries such as infections, amputation of the wrong digit or limb, medication errors, broken bones, cuts, bruises, scrapes, dehydration, and malnourishment, to name a few.
+ What are some additional signs of hospital negligence?
Additional signs of hospital negligence might include:
- The treatment prescribed no longer works while receiving the treatment.
- Your symptoms do not match the diagnosis.
- Different doctors give you different diagnoses.
- Instead of doing a full workup, the doctor relies only on lab results for a diagnosis.
- Your doctor does not listen to you or address your concerns.
Contact Zayed Law Offices
If you suffer damages because of a hospital’s negligence, the medical malpractice attorneys at Zayed Law Offices will work to help you recover fair and reasonable compensation.