When in the hospital, patients will be treated by several different medical professionals. In addition to the multiple doctors, a patient will likely see; they will also usually be seen by a team of nurses and other support staff. In some instances, a patient may find that they will become injured or ill during treatment. This is often caused by negligent care. This negligent care can come from any member of the medical care team from assistants at the hospitals and nurses to doctors and anesthesiologists. When malpractice or negligence occurs in a hospital setting, patients have rights in this situation.
Medical Staff Have a Duty to Offer Proper Care to Their Patients
All of the staff members at any hospital, including the support staff, are required to offer all patients a high standard of care in a professional manner. This duty to offer proper care to patients is part of the professional standards that all medical workers must meet. To provide this level of care, a medical professional must offer care to their patients at a level of treatment that is universally agreed on by the medical community. If for example, an assistant at the hospital does not meet these standards, his or her actions may be considered negligent. There are, in fact, some actions that can be considered negligent.
Any patient who has received medical care below the medical standard levels for their particular condition will need to prove that the care they received was below these standards. The typical way to do this is to demonstrate that other medical professionals in the same position would have provided a different level of care when placed in the same medical situation as the negligent staff member.
Claims and Causes of Hospital Negligence Need to Be Handled by Legal Counsel
Patients are advised to contact legal counsel in any instance of suspected negligence from a medical professional. These individual cases may involve some different types of neglect and may vary based on the severity of neglect. Due to this, each lawsuit is different based on the patient experience. When someone like a hospital assistant is negligent, claims will typically include the following:
• The patient developed an infection due to negligence
• Errors were made with prescription drugs causing illness, injury or death
• A patient’s specific medical needs were not met by the medical staff
• The proper medical staff was not notified by the hospital assistant when exhibiting signs of distress
• The patient was abandoned or neglected when treatment was needed
Finding Legal Assistance for Medical Negligence
For a patient to find out if they have a claim that is viable, they are highly encouraged to talk to a lawyer who is knowledgeable when it comes to medical malpractice. Each state has different laws when it comes to malpractice and statute of limitations. Since this is the case, it is very important that you talk to a lawyer who understands your state laws. Typically, cases that involve medical malpractice concerning hospital assistant negligence will hold the entire hospital liable for the actions of their employee.