Each care facility carries a duty of care to every person who is accepted for treatment. Therefore, a hospital—including the doctors and nurses stationed there—that commits malpractice might be liable to the patient or the patient’s family for any injury or harm their actions or inaction cause.
If you think that a hospital committed malpractice in your care, you should contact an experienced Michigan hospital negligence lawyer to determine whether you have a valid case. A skilled legal professional at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could work to obtain all of the relevant medical records, personally review them, and consult with a board-certified physician about your case.
What is Hospital Negligence?
Despite the obligation of proper treatment that is set upon each hospital, they often fail to deploy appropriate care methods, or will simply neglect to give patient care. Malpractice, often called medical negligence, is the term used to describe a careless, reckless, or wrongful act—or inaction—committed by a licensed medical professional who caused harm or injury to someone under their care. The results of this inadequate and inappropriate care can cause significant injuries, worsened conditions, and even death. The most common types of neglect include:
- Failure to admit a patient to the hospital for observation or medical condition
- Failure to prescribe necessary medical treatment
- Failure to order necessary medical diagnostic tests
- Failure to request a consultation with a specialist for evaluation
- Discharging a patient from the hospital too early
When these or other neglectful actions cause a patient to suffer injuries, they might be overwhelmed and feel worse than before they sought care. A dedicated Michigan hospital negligence lawyer could work to account for a patient’s injuries and determine if or how a care facility is to blame.
Types of Hospital Accidents
In addition to medical malpractice, there are often other serious injuries that can occur in a hospital to a patient and even a visitor. Many of these are often unrelated to medical treatment or the reason for hospitalization, but occur and result in significant harm. Common types of hospital accidents include:
- Falls—from hospital beds, tables during radiology studies, bathrooms, transfers in wheelchairs, and showers or bathtubs, among others
- Trip and fall accidents
- Burn injuries, including from scalding water in a shower or spilled coffee or tea
- Surgical fires in the operating room
- Stepping on syringe needles or other objects
Of all these and other types of accidents, falls are one of the most common types of hospital accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death in the elderly. Despite the numerous risks taken by many care facilities, falls still happen, and often result in severe injuries.
Unfortunately, the risk of individuals contracting an infection due to their hospitalization is unfortunately common. This is also known as nosocomial infections—hospital-acquired infections. While some of these conditions might be mild and only require slight care, others are serious and can cause severe and even fatal conditions. The most common nosocomial infections include, but are not limited to:
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)—a type of staph infection that is resistant to common antibiotics, multiplies rapidly, and can cause many other infections
- Group A strep—commonly causes sore throats, but could also cause scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, or pneumonia
- Group B strep—common in newborns, which can result in pneumonia, meningitis, or brain damage, and lead to vision loss, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, or death. This can also affect pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions, such as liver disease or diabetes
- Flesh-eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis)—often results in amputation of a limb or even death
Often, these and other hospital-acquired infections could have been prevented, if not for the neglect of the care facility and its staff. Because of this, working with a knowledgeable and tenacious hospital negligence attorney in Michigan who is familiar with these types of claims might help to establish how a nosocomial infection was caused by a care facility’s neglect.
VA Hospital Neglect
The largest medical system in the nation, the Veteran Administration Hospital System allows veterans seeking medical care to have the right to the same standard of care as other care facilities. Therefore, when this system fails and a veteran suffers injury or harm due to medical negligence at a VA Hospital, the patient has the legal right to pursue a lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claim Act (FTCA).
However, there are strict procedural requirements for filing a military medical malpractice case under the FTCA. These include submitting necessary forms and filing claims even before a lawsuit can be filed. The failure to comply with these requirements might result in a valid lawsuit being barred for technical reasons alone. As such, it is important to consult a well-versed Michigan lawyer who is familiar with hospital negligence involving veterans as soon as possible to preserve legal rights.
A Michigan Hospital Negligence Attorney Could Help
When you go to a care facility for an injury or condition, you expect to be treated with care and respect—and to not leave in a worse state than you arrived. Unfortunately, hospitals and their staff frequently neglect their responsibilities and cause worsened injuries or even give rise to new and worse conditions for patients under their care.
If you or a loved one was injured while being treated at a hospital, you havel legal options and might benefit from reaching out to a Michigan hospital negligence lawyer for help. A seasoned attorney could explain your rights, answer your questions, and work to establish how a care facility’s neglect caused you to suffer. To begin taking legal action, call a legal professional at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.
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