Hospital Error

Orange County Hospital Error Lawyers

Call (949) 565-4281 If You are the Victim of Hospital Negligence

ER diagnosis errors that result in death. Negligent obstetric care that leaves a baby with severe brain injury. Complications after surgery that go ignored to fatal results. You hear horror stories about doctors, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare professionals all the time.

If you or a loved one hasve suffered serious negative outcomes at the hands of medical professionals, we are the firm to call in order to find out what caused these kinds of tragedies. The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg has the capacity to swiftly and thoroughly investigate matters of hospital errors or other instances of medical malpractice.

Due to our decades of experience, extensive resources, and tenacious advocacy, our firm has recovered millions on behalf of our clients. Call (949) 565-4281 to begin your free case evaluation!

Examples of Hospital Error

Hospital negligence refers to the failure of a medical facility, its staff, or healthcare professionals to provide an appropriate standard of care to patients, resulting in harm or injury. It can occur due to various reasons such as human error, communication failures, inadequate training, or system failures within the hospital.

Here are some common types of hospital errors:

  • Misdiagnosis: When a healthcare provider incorrectly diagnoses a patient's condition, leading to inappropriate treatment or delayed treatment for the actual condition.
  • Delayed Diagnosis: This occurs when there's a significant delay in diagnosing a patient's condition, which can result in progression of the disease, worsening of symptoms, and diminished treatment outcomes.
  • Traveling Nurse Errors: Errors made by traveling nurses who may not be as familiar with the hospital's protocols, procedures, or patient history as regular staff. These errors can include medication mistakes, miscommunication, or lack of familiarity with equipment.
  • Physician Errors: Mistakes made by physicians in diagnosing, treating, or managing a patient's condition. This can include errors in prescribing medication, misinterpretation of test results, or failure to follow standard medical procedures.
  • Medication Errors: Any mistake in the prescription, administration, or monitoring of medication. This could involve giving the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, administering medication to the wrong patient, or failing to recognize harmful drug interactions.
  • Surgical Mistakes: Errors that occur during surgery, such as performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong body part, damaging surrounding tissues or organs, or leaving surgical instruments inside the patient's body.
  • Birth Injury Mistakes: Errors that occur during childbirth, resulting in harm to the baby or mother. This could include failure to monitor fetal distress, improper use of delivery instruments, or delayed response to complications during labor.
  • Emergency Room (ER) Errors: Mistakes made in the emergency department, such as misdiagnosis of urgent conditions, delays in treatment, improper triage leading to long wait times for critical patients, or failure to provide timely interventions.

Other common types of hospital errors may include infections acquired during hospitalization, falls due to inadequate patient supervision, communication errors between healthcare providers, and failure to obtain informed consent for medical procedures.

Who is Liable for a Hospital Error?

Generally, liability for a hospital error may fall on one or more of the following parties:

  • Healthcare Professionals: Individual doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers may be held liable if their actions or omissions directly contribute to the patient's harm. This could include errors in diagnosis, treatment, surgery, medication administration, or patient care.
  • Hospital Administration: Hospitals can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees, including physicians and nurses. Additionally, hospitals may be directly liable for issues related to inadequate staffing, improper training, negligent hiring or supervision, or failure to maintain a safe environment for patients.
  • Contracted Staff: In some cases, hospitals may employ healthcare professionals on a contractual basis or utilize services from outside agencies, such as traveling nurses or temporary physicians. If errors occur due to the actions of these contracted staff members, liability may extend to the contracting agency or individual.
  • Manufacturers or Suppliers: If a hospital error results from a defective medical device, equipment, or medication, the manufacturer or supplier of the faulty product may be held liable under product liability laws. This could include issues such as defective surgical instruments, contaminated medications, or malfunctioning medical devices.
  • Third Parties: Liability may also extend to third parties such as pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, or medical imaging centers if their products or services contribute to the error or harm suffered by the patient.
  • Government Entities: In cases involving government-owned or operated hospitals, liability may be subject to special rules and procedures. Claims against government entities may need to comply with specific legal requirements, such as filing a notice of claim within a certain timeframe.

Our law firm has consistently won results when patients have been seriously harmed or even died in tragic situations. We can guarantee that we will put forth our best efforts to your success.

We recently aided one of our clients in an egregious case involving a hospital that had hired traveling nurses from a traveling nurse agency. The negligent care across many hours of these essentially itinerant nurses caused a perfectly healthy young pregnant woman to suffer severe brain damage.

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