Hospital negligence is a type of medical malpractice that involves improper conduct on the part of the hospital administration or hospital employees, including nurses and attendant staff, as opposed to individual physicians. Injuries resulting from hospital negligence can be catastrophic and even deadly. They are also disturbingly common in the United States, even with large healthcare providers like Kaiser Permanente.
At the law firm of Hodes Milman Ikuta, we are committed to holding medical facilities accountable for malpractice or negligence. Serving California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well as throughout Arizona, our medical malpractice team can provide diligent legal guidance for hospital negligence victims. Our team emphasizes meticulous preparation and aggressive representation, and we have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully represent even the most complex claims.
Causes of Hospital Negligence
Patients must be able to count on hospitals to provide a standard of care and safety, yet this is not always the reality. Hospital negligence can take many possible forms, commonly resulting from:
- Under-trained staff
- Insufficient staffing, i.e. the number of nurses to attend to patients
- Unsafe facilities and facilities in disrepair
- Unsanitary facilities
- Inadequate or antiquated equipment
- Lost records, test results and improper communication
Hospital negligence can result in a number of unfortunate and often preventable injuries, including falls, preventable birth injuries, misdiagnosis of a condition, or serious infections. The team at Hodes Milman Ikuta understands the consequences of hospital negligence and where the systematic breakdown occurred in order to define and prove your case. Injuries sustained from medical negligence in a hospital setting can be permanent, negatively impacting the victim’s life or necessitating lifelong medical care.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
To have a valid hospital negligence claim, it must be shown that the level of care provided to the victim fell below a reasonable standard. Additionally, a successful medical malpractice claim must prove causation. This means that the link between the substandard care and the victim’s injury or death must be clearly demonstrated. Due to the multifaceted and complex nature of medical malpractice claims, it is important to hire a lawyer with extensive experience and resources related to this area of law. A positive outcome often relies on the ability and knowledge of your legal team. At Hodes Milman Ikuta, our lawyers have helped countless victims, and we can help you understand and assert your rights.
Compensation for Hospital Negligence
If you are injured as a result of hospital negligence, filing a medical malpractice claim can help you recover financial compensation for:
- Additional medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In hospital negligence cases involving the wrongful death of a family member, a claim can also seek compensation for the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost future wages
- Lost benefits, such as insurance coverage
- Lost companionship (also known as loss of consortium, when applied to a spouse)
At our Orange County or Phoenix offices, a medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your rights. We believe in providing personalized attention and will carefully evaluate your claim to determine the best course of action for you and your family.
Your Next Steps: Contacting our Firm
If you believe that you or someone you love may have suffered due to the systematic failure of a hospital or medical facility, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
At Hodes Milman Ikuta, we are committed to protecting victims’ rights, and our experienced attorneys offer free case reviews.
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