Philadelphia Hospital Negligence Lawyers

In 2006, Harvard University performed the most comprehensive study ever done on the frequency of medical negligence in the United States. Shockingly, the study revealed that as many as 120,000 people die each year as the result of medical errors committed in hospitals. In fact, of all medical malpractice claims, 97% involved a legitimate medical injury, with 80% of those involving major disability or death. Whether treated in a nursing home, hospital, doctor or dentist’s office, many patients are unaware that the bad result they have experienced may be due to medical negligence.

Doctors and insurance companies have worked hard to make you afraid to see if your rights have been violated during your hospital stay. At Gay Chacker & Ginsburg Trial Lawyers, we help Pennsylvania and New Jersey clients find the strength they need to make their hospital negligence claims and confront those that may have seriously injured them or their family members.

How to Sue a Hospital for Negligence

To sue a hospital for negligence, you must:

  • Gather evidence that proves that the hospital’s negligence caused your injuries.
  • Calculate the damages.
  • File a lawsuit before the statute of limitations is up.

Our hospital negligence lawyers in Philadelphia are prepared to help you. Call our offices at 215-346-7332 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

What Is Hospital Negligence?

Hospital negligence can lead to serious harm, including debilitating brain injuries, infant injury, paralysis, or chronic disorders. It is every patient’s right to receive adequate care, and lawsuits are meant to protect the public by holding hospitals and medical professionals accountable for negligence.

Our team handles hospital negligence claims of all kinds. Just a few of the cases we have addressed include:

  • Emergency room failing to accurately and promptly treat or diagnose
  • Radiologist not properly reading an x-ray, Ct, MRI or mammogram
  • General practitioner not listening to their patient or investigating complaints
  • Failing to document, reference, or keep track of medical records
  • Overworked hospital or nursing staff failing to react to a patient’s immediate needs
  • Improperly administering the wrong type or dose of medication
  • Using unsterilized or defective equipment
  • Making surgical mistakes, such as incision errors or not removing medical instruments
  • Doctor performing a service outside of their expertise

How to Prove Negligence?

To prove that negligence happened, you must be able to:

  • Show that the medical professional(s) had a legal responsibility to care for the patient.
  • Their actions failed to provide the standard level of care that was expected of them.
  • Their negligence caused serious injury to the patient.

What’s the Difference Between Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence?

Health care professionals owe patients a duty of care. That means they must make decisions and carry out treatments that any other prudent professional in their field would in certain situations. When a doctor, physician, nurse, or other medical staff acts outside of the required standard of care, they can be accused of committing medical malpractice. Typically, in a medical malpractice case, the health care professional knew they should have (or should not have done something) but intentionally moved forward with it anyway.

Generally, medical negligence occurs when a health care professional acts without intent, but their carelessness still causes harm to a patient. In a medical negligence case, the doctor might have made a mistake during treatment because they were ignorant of the way a reasonable professional would have acted.

If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of hospital negligence contact us today. We stand ready to investigate and pursue all available civil damage remedies.