Suffering an injury at the hands of a medical professional can be utterly overwhelming. If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of negligence, a hospital malpractice attorney at the Metairie, LA, firm of Wagar, Richard, Kutcher, Tygier, & Luminais, LLP will investigate the case at no charge. We can also seek just compensation for your loss from those responsible. Medical malpractice in a hospital or institutional setting can result from negligence by any number of different parties, including doctors, nurses, clerks, orderlies, and other parties. Errors that occur in such a setting can have serious, even life-threatening, consequences for the patient, which is why it is important to hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact our law firm today to discuss your potential malpractice case in detail with one of our attorneys.

About Hospital and Institutional Malpractice

Hospital and institutional malpractice can include errors that occur within hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and any other facility where a patient is placed under the care of a team of medical professionals. Errors occurring within these facilities are almost always the result of negligence. Injuries can also occur due to miscommunications, recklessness, or exhaustion.

Common Examples

There are a number of potential errors that can occur in any medical setting, including hospitals and institutions: 

  • Surgical Errors: Miscommunication or general negligence can result in a surgeon operating on the wrong side of the body or wrong body part, or on the wrong patient altogether. A careless surgeon may leave behind a surgical instrument or tool, such as a sponge, in the patient’s body. Such errors cause unnecessary trauma, put the patient’s life at risk, and often require additional surgery. 
  • Emergency Room Errors: Errors are common in the emergency room due to understaffing and exhaustion. Nurses may fail to obtain a complete medical history for the patient, may ignore or overlook some of the patient’s symptoms, or may discharge a patient prematurely. 
  • Diagnostic Errors: Diagnostic errors can include a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. Diagnostic errors are common and are often due to a nurse or physician’s failure to order sufficient tests to rule out all potential causes. They can also occur if a nurse or physician overlooks or ignores some of a patient’s symptoms. Diagnostic errors can result in receiving treatment for another illness, which can have serious side effects, or a significant delay in receiving appropriate treatment, which can cause the illness to progress and symptoms to worsen.
  • Medication Errors: A patient can be given the wrong medication for any number of reasons. The doctor may simply prescribe the wrong medication, or the pharmacist may have difficulty reading the doctor’s handwriting. The pharmacist can also give out the wrong medication due to a similarity in the medication name or appearance. Medication errors can cause allergic reactions and serious side effects, as well as interact with other drugs. 
  • Caretaking Errors: A nurse, orderly, or other medical professional can make an error regarding a patient’s care. For example, failing to take appropriate measures to protect a patient at risk of falling can result in an injury. Other errors regarding a patient’s care may include providing food that does not align with specific dietary needs.

Proving Malpractice

All types of medical malpractice cases are generally complex, so it is crucial to work with an attorney who has extensive knowledge and experience in this area of law. As the plaintiff, you must prove the hospital, doctors, nurses, or staff was negligent, which is often difficult. Additionally, doctors are not always employees of the hospital, and certain injuries occurring in a hospital may qualify as a personal injury case rather than medical malpractice. Our attorneys can help you determine what kind of case you have, which parties are liable, and help you prove those parties were negligent. 

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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of hospital or institutional malpractice, we can handle every aspect of the legal process during this stressful time. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free consultation.

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