St. Louis Hospital Negligence Lawyer
Have you have been harmed at a hospital by the carelessness of medical professionals? Let the St. Louis hospital negligence lawyers of Sumner Law Group, LLC, help you demand answers. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the resources and the knowledge to handle even the most complex cases of hospital negligence.
We vigorously pursue maximum compensation for our clients. Our attorneys have a long track record of successfully recovering millions of dollars in compensation over the years. Our results include multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts in some of the most complex cases in the state.
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Examples of Hospital Negligence
There are many types of mistakes that can be made in a hospital setting. Some common examples of hospital negligence include:
Hospital staff can make many kinds of medication errors. For example:
- A prescribing physician can fail to take an adequate patient history and prescribe a medication that will give a patient an allergic reaction or a negative interaction with other medications.
- A physician may miscalculate the proper dosage based on the patient’s height, weight, or other factors. This can lead to a situation where too little medication proves ineffective or the patient suffers an overdose from too much medication.
- Pharmacists can make errors in filling out prescriptions, especially when they fail to confirm the doctor’s order if a prescription is confusing or illegible.
- Nurses can err in administering medication to hospital patients by not confirming the patient identity and giving the patient an incorrect dosage.
Before being administered medication, patients can help protect themselves from errors by always asking to have the doctor or nurse confirm their identity and asking what the medication is and why they are taking it.
Failure to properly monitor or follow up
In a hospital setting, patients should be closely monitored and provided with appropriate follow-up care, including diagnostic tests. When doctors fail to monitor a patient or they perform tests but fail to follow up with the results, patients can be harmed.
A common source of hospital negligence comes from communication errors among hospital staff. Those errors can occur when outgoing shifts of doctors and nurses fail to properly update oncoming shifts on a patient’s condition.
Lack of proper staffing or training
Unfortunately, some hospitals do not have sufficient staffing or they may hire unqualified staff. This can create issues when patients cannot be adequately monitored or cared for.
Hospitals are required to have infection control protocols in place to help prevent the spread of infections throughout the facility. When hospital staff fail to follow these protocols, or when surgical teams fail to follow the appropriate sterilization and sanitation procedures, patients are placed at risk of infection. This often happens when patients’ bodies and immune systems are at their weakest.
Misreading of radiology scans and laboratory tests can lead doctors and specialists to misdiagnose patients. This can result in patients either receiving treatment they do not need or not receiving the correct treatment.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Hospital Negligence
When negligence by hospitals and their staff causes you to suffer injury or illness, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for the damages and losses you suffer. Compensation available in hospital negligence cases includes:
- Costs of additional medical care to treat the injuries or illness you suffered due to hospital negligence
- Long-term care costs, such as rehabilitation, therapy, or home health care services
- Lost wages and income for the time you miss from your job while recovering from injury or illness caused by hospital negligence
- Lost earning capacity, if the injuries or illness you suffered leaves you with disabilities that prevent you from returning to your old job and you experience a reduction in your income as a result
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life due to physical disfigurement, or disabilities that prevent you from activities you previously enjoyed
- Reduced life expectancy due to hospital negligence
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If you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us to speak with a St. Louis hospital negligence lawyer from Sumner Law Group, LLC. We will explain your legal rights and help you demand fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Get started now with a free case review.