If you’ve suffered injury or harm due to negligent medical treatment at a hospital (such as a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis), you may be able to sue the hospital for negligence.
While the process can differ depending on the state you live in, to sue a hospital for negligence, you generally have to prove:
- That you received negligent treatment from your medical provider (this must be more than a reasonable mistake)
- The negligent treatment caused an injury or harm that otherwise would have been prevented
Our specialist hospital negligence lawyers can help you understand your entitlements and the processes involved when claiming compensation for hospital negligence. contact us today for an obligation-free consultation.
Hospitals often work hard to legally separate themselves from employees who are independent contractors (like emergency care workers); however, in some cases, they can still be held liable for negligent or incompetent actions of these workers.
Hospitals can be held responsible for an employee’s negligence if they fail to:
- Properly train employees
- Verify an employee’s credentials (or hire negligently)
- Make sure that employees maintain their credentials
- Provide adequate supervision
- Prevent medication errors like mislabeling
- Address problems with employees in a timely manner
- Dismiss employers who have caused problems in the past
- Maintain a sufficient number of medical staff
- Protect patient confidentiality
Strict time limits apply when making a hospital negligence claim. These can differ depending on your location; however, most situations allow three years from the date of injury (or the date of ‘discoverability’) to begin a claim.
Contact our experienced team at LHD Lawyers to discuss your hospital negligence claim with a specialist hospital negligence lawyer and learn more about time limits that may apply to your situation.
The compensation you may be entitled to depends on your circumstances, the severity of your injury and the impact it’s had on your life. Usually, successful hospital negligence payouts are less than $100,000. More severe cases can see compensation up to $500,000 or more, with the higher payout usually signifying a more complex, severe case. Less severe cases may only see compensation in the thousands. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to claim:
- Lost income
- Medical, hospital, and rehabilitation expenses
- Special equipment
- Travel and accommodation expenses
- Legal costs
- Pain and suffering
- Future lost earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you believe you’ve been a victim of hospital negligence, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible to assess your claim. Contact us online using our free online claim checker or call1800 455 725to begin a hospital negligence claim with LHD Lawyers.