Hospital negligence means more than holding doctors and other medical practitioners liable for their wrongdoing; it also includes holding the hospital responsible for its part in the negligence. When a physician or medical professional makes a mistake that qualifies as malpractice, they are not the only ones who may be liable. Hospitals have a duty to patients, as well.

We expect medical facilities to keep us safe, treat our urgent health issues, and perform surgical procedures safely. In short, patients trust hospitals with their lives every day. This trust is violated when doctors, nurses, and other hospital employees make negligent mistakes that cause harm to patients.

A hospital can be negligent in a variety of scenarios that involve facility safety and security, as well as employment practices and medical procedures.

Hospital Negligence and Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice cases are some of the most challenging legal claims, which is why relying on legal representation with extensive experience is vital to your case. D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC have over 100 years of combined experience advocating for clients who have been injured due to hospital negligence.

Hospital negligence can include an error, negligent inaction, or wrongdoing that caused harm to a patient. If you were injured or experienced a worsening condition due to the hospital’s mistakes, the facility may be liable for the damage it caused. Negligence can look like:

  • A surgeon making an operating mistake
  • A healthcare professional misreading test results
  • A doctor ignoring or failing to recognize symptoms
  • A nurse giving the incorrect dose of medicine
  • Safety hazards or unsanitary conditions in the hospital
  • Hiring negligent staff or unqualified healthcare personnel
  • Improper laboratory testing

If you or a loved one experienced a situation different from those listed above, you may still be entitled to compensation. There are many scenarios that could qualify as hospital negligence, and a qualified attorney can help you determine if your situation meets the criteria for medical malpractice in Connecticut.

What Happens When a Hospital is Negligent?

Hospital negligence can cause a whole host of issues and medical complications, and the type and severity will vary based on each individual situation. There is no standard example of hospital negligence; these cases include a spectrum of damages and injuries.

Some of the injuries commonly seen in hospital negligence cases include:

  • Delayed diagnosis leading to advanced illness
  • Wrongful death
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Organ damage
  • Heart failure
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis

Recovering Damages for Hospital Negligence

In Connecticut, patients injured due to a hospital’s negligence can seek economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If a hospital or the medical professionals it employs do not uphold their duty of care, this negligence can cause injuries and harm to the patients they are supposed to be helping and healing.

Therapists, nurses, surgeons, clinicians, aides, and various other hospital employees may be responsible for medical neglect. With so many people and entities involved, it can be challenging to identify the at-fault party after a hospital injury or medical negligence. The attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC use their more than 100 years of combined experience to determine who should be held accountable for your injuries.

Our priority is always what’s best for our clients, and we know that looks different for everyone. We will build a legal strategy based on your individual needs, so contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.