Legal Options if Hospital Error Caused Serious Harm
When we go to a hospital, we rely on the knowledge and professionalism of the doctors, nurses, and other staff members entrusted with our care. However, if they make a mistake, the patient could greatly suffer. If you’ve been hurt by a health care professional’s recklessness, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.
When a hospital is negligent, the results can be catastrophic for a patient. Medical mistakes can lead to injuries and the need for additional treatments that may be painful and costly, or result in a patient failing to get treatment that may save his or her life in the case of an ailment that is misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late.
When that happens to you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim. A skilled Ohio medical malpractice lawyer, such as our attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, can listen to your story and discuss your options for a claim.
As one of Ohio’s most professional and experienced firms handling medical malpractice cases, Kisling, Nestico & Redick is dedicated to providing our clients with personalized service and a commitment to fully investigating even the most complex cases in which hospital errors have resulted in medical negligence.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, we invite you to call our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Common Hospital Errors
While hospitals often provide excellent care for most patients, it is not uncommon for hospitals to make many different types of mistakes while treating a patient.
Some of the common errors that hospitals make every day in this country include:
- Poor record keeping, which can lead to mistakes involving medication, treatment, monitoring, and general mismanagement of a patient’s health care
- Inaccurate dosing of medications, which can lead to overdoses, harm to a patient’s health, disability, and even death
- Failing to properly monitor patients due to understaffing, poor hiring practices, or other problems that can result in a patient being left alone and unsupervised
- Poor employee hygiene can lead to hospital-acquired infections and other major issues
- Abuse of patients by staff who are overworked or poorly trained, or resulting from a hospital’s failure to perform adequate background checks when hiring employees
- Failure to adequately disinfect rooms, patient facilities, instruments, and diagnostic tools
- Identifying Liable Parties for Hospital Errors and Negligence
When a patient makes a medical malpractice claim against a hospital, the question of liability can be quite complex. Hospital liability generally may fall into three categories.
Hospital Liability for Employees
For legal purposes, employees are people who work part-time or full-time for the hospital. In most cases, they do their work on hospital grounds or in hospital-owned facilities, and are paid directly by the hospital or a corporate entity. Employees may include a wide variety of positions including staff doctors, nurses, administrators, janitorial staff, staff who work in the cafeteria or hospital restaurants, and security guards.
Hospital Liability for Associates
Associates are different than employees. While associates may provide a service to patients within the facilities of the hospital or medical center, they are usually employed and paid by a private company. There are many private doctors who are granted privileges to treat patients, perform surgery, or administer tests/procedures within the hospital but are not technically employees of the hospital or health care company. Examples of hospital associates are paramedics, maintenance staff, private doctors, and any other people who are employed by an independent firm, but who provide direct service within the hospital facility.
Hospital Liability for a Hospital’s Own Mistakes
In rare cases, hospital errors are made by employees whose role has to deal with administration and hospital policy, rather than direct patient care. This category of liable parties may include hospital administration officials or the admitting clerical staff at the front desk, urgent care, or emergency room.
Pursuing an Ohio Medical Malpractice Claim
Any case that involves medical malpractice on the part of a hospital should always be managed by a qualified and skilled attorney. Medical malpractice cases are far more serious than a dispute with a hospital over insurance or other administrative issues. Hospitals almost never settle malpractice claims in order to protect their reputation within a local community.
According to the American Bar Association, the vast majority of medical malpractice claims begin as lawsuits, meaning that it is almost always necessary to file a lawsuit in order to obtain any kind of settlement.
These types of cases are extraordinarily complex and require patience on the part of the patient as well as detailed legal knowledge. Qualified malpractice attorneys often are as knowledgeable about medical terminology and health care as some trained medical professionals.
Contact Our Ohio Medical Negligence Lawyers
Medical malpractice cases are often complicated and may not be cut-and-dried even though it seems so to you. In Ohio, the process of proving medical malpractice is both complex and costly. That’s why it’s important to hire an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer with experience and a proven track record of results.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience helping people who have been harmed by medical negligence to obtain the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses. We perform exhaustive investigations into hospital errors to determine the true cause of your injuries and then pursue the responsible parties aggressively on your behalf.
As one of the largest personal injury firms in the state, we have the knowledge and resources to pursue these types of cases — including a network of top investigators, medical professionals, and expert witnesses we can call upon to support your claim.
We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your claim and discuss your legal options. With offices in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown, our medical malpractice attorneys serve clients throughout Ohio. We will to travel to your location if you are unable to make it to one of our offices due to your injuries.
Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation with our Ohio medical malpractice attorneys. We do not charge an attorney fee unless you recover compensation for your case.