Whenever a person is hospitalized, they run the risk of additional injury during their stay. These type of injuries can result in the hospital or medical practice being legally liable for the injuries, meaning that they may have to pay the patient monetary compensation for their injuries. This can also apply to physicians who are employed by the hospital but perform some form of medical procedure on a patient at the hospital.
Causes of Hip and Leg Injuries
The Proof and Causation of Injury
In order for the patient to have a valid claim, they must be able to prove that the injury was caused by a nurse, physician or some other form of negligence by the hospital. When a patient is ill, they are more susceptible to slipping and falling; therefore, many hospitals implement policies that call for nurses to escort patients when there is a need for them to move about their room or other areas of the hospital. In order to claim malpractice or negligence, the patient must be able to prove that a physician, nurse or other hospital staff member acted in a negligible manner, against policy protocol, or in any way that could be deemed improper.
Identifying the Injury
Topical pain is common with leg fractures and similar injures. The injured area will also be tender to the touch.
It is important to note that a preexisting condition that increases the risk of hip and leg injury does not necessarily release the hospital from liability if the injury could have been reasonably avoided.
Reviewing the Damages