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Hospital Errors

When you go to the hospital after sustaining an injury or illnesses, the goal is to leave the hospital in better condition than when you arrived. Unfortunately, some hospitals and medical centers are not as safe as they should be and can actually cause patients further injuries due to providing poor quality care.

When medical errors caused by hospital negligence cause you preventable harm, you could be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering and to cover the costs of your injuries. At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our winning team of medical malpractice lawyers has been working with victims of hospital negligence for over 35 years. We have seen firsthand the trauma these individuals are faced with after falling victim to medical errors. We have secured hundreds of millions in rewards to help get them back on the road to recovery.

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Hospital Errors Are Common

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease and cancer. The idea that medical errors often occur within a hospital setting is distressing for most people to think about, but we see these types of cases almost every day.

Common types of hospital errors that could be eligible for medical malpractice claims include:

  • Blood Clots
  • Fall Injuries
  • Adverse Drug Events
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Errors
  • Anesthesia Injuries
  • Bed Sores
  • Pregnancy Complications and Birth Defects
  • Medication Errors

Sustaining an additional infection, illness, or injury on top of the health condition that initially brought someone to the hospital can put patients at an elevated risk of long-term or permanent consequences. If you believe you or someone you love has been a victim of hospital negligence, call our experienced medical malpractice attorneys for the best possible outcome for your injuries. Our attorneys possess the skills and knowledge needed to secure a successful settlement or take your case to a trial verdict to seek justice for the needless pain and suffering you have sustained.

Verdicts & Settlements

$10.1 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely treat a patient

A 40-year-old woman with heart attack symptoms was left in the emergency room waiting area of a Nassau County hospital for 20 minutes, resulting in a massive heart attack and brain damage.

$10 Million Verdict

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death – Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer

A radiologist failed to properly interpret a mammogram, resulting in a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer in a 46-year-old woman, who ultimately passed away.

$8 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely diagnose a blood clot

A doctor’s failure to appreciate the significance of headache complaints by a 21-year-old caused a delay in diagnosing a blood clot, resulting in a stroke and brain damage.

$5.4 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Newborn baby found face-down

One day after birth, our client was found face down in the hospital nursery, causing oxygen deprivation that resulted in brain damage.

$6.9 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Intraoperative airway fire in trachea

While undergoing a laser procedure to remove vocal cord polyps, an airway fire in the trachea burned our client’s lungs and vocal cords, resulting in the loss of his ability to speak.

$4.5 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to appreciate preeclampsia (high blood pressure)

Doctors fail to timely diagnose preeclampsia (high blood pressure) in a pregnant woman, leading to placental abruption, oxygen deprivation, and a brain-damaged infant.

$4.75 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to perform a timely C-section

During delivery of a baby, doctors failed to properly monitor the fetal monitor strips and the fetal heart rate resulting in oxygen deprivation and brain damage in the infant.

What Causes Hospital Errors?

Every hospital has safety and medical protocols which the staff is required to follow in order to prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses. Medical errors most often occur when these procedures are not being followed, allowing preventable mistakes to harm and possibility even cause the death of unsuspecting patients.

Some of the most common types of medical errors stem from these root causes:

  • Communication Problems: Medical mistakes increase when staff is not on the same page regarding patient care. Performing unnecessary screenings, neglecting to perform proper screenings, medication errors, and mistakes preparing for surgeries and other medical procedures can all be linked to poor communication.
  • Incomplete Patient Information: Patient information is collected to help avoid adverse reactions to treatments and devise the best possible plan for recovery. If the patient information is incorrect or incomplete, mistakes can have traumatic consequences.
  • Technical Errors: Technology errors can lead to massive complications when it comes to patient safety, particularly when medical devices fail during life-threatening procedures.
  • Inadequate Information Flow: Information that needs to be transferred between facilities for patients can leave room for errors if the information is delayed, incorrect or incomplete.
  • Improper and Inconsistent Training: Not all staff are trained by the same people, which can lead to some staff receiving less effective training than other groups and increasing their chances for errors.
  • Staffing Issues: Hospitals frequently experience staffing shortages or rotating staff. Inconsistent staff can create lapses in care for patients and increase the likelihood of medical mistakes.
  • Inadequate Policies: Sometimes staff is doing everything they can to follow the hospital protocols, but the polices themselves are insufficient in protecting patient health and safety.
  • General Neglect: Any time medical personnel neglects to provide the best quality of care, a patient’s life is put at risk. Errors that fall under this category include not cleaning up working areas, failing to follow protocols or safety procedures, skipping steps, putting off tasks or passing them off to unqualified medical staff, failing to complete patients’ records or failing to read a patient’s records before treatments.

When medical errors occur because of these or other preventable factors, hospital staff can be held accountable. Our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro will investigate every aspect of your case to determine what caused your hospital injury and confirm whether staff negligence or oversight played a part. From examining all medical records, interviewing staff, and consulting with the top medical professionals on your condition, we possess the essential resources to bring your case to a favorable solution.

Verdicts & Settlements

$2 Million Settlement

Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely perform a CAT scan

A 51-year-old woman complaining of neck pain and severe headache was not properly treated. Her doctors failed to perform a CAT Scan, which would have revealed a brain aneurysm. Because of this, the aneurysm continued to grow and eventually burst, causing severe, permanent brain damage.

Seek Justice Now For Your Injuries

The statute of limitations for suing for incidents of hospital negligence is one of the most significant struggles patients face when choosing to file a claim. Don’t wait until it is too late. Let our winning team provide you with the care and compassion you deserve and allow us to stand up for your rights against the hospitals and medical institutions that caused you harm.  Contact the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice against hospital negligence.

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