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Understanding Hospital Negligence

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Serving New York

Hospital negligence can cause serious injuries and may even to patient deaths. If you have been injured as the result of this type of medical malpractice while you were a patient in a New York hospital, or if a loved one died due to hospital negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and other losses. A lawyer at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC can talk to you about your options, offering knowledgeable insight that can help you make the right choices about your case. We represent clients across New York who have been injured as a result of negligence on the part of hospital staff.

Of the nearly 4,900 hospitals in the U.S., 185 are in New York and most of these concentrated in the New York City Metropolitan area. While the majority of patients who seek treatment will receive proper care, those who do not may experience serious and even life-threatening injuries. In addition to seeking financial compensation for our clients to help them rebuild their lives in the wake of hospital negligence, our goal is to increase awareness of this serious form of medical malpractice to help others from becoming victims in the first place. You can learn more about the legal services we offer in this field and can discuss your rights and options by scheduling a free consultation with a New York medical malpractice attorney today. Our headquarters are located in Manhattan and we have additional offices to service clients across the state.

Were you injured by negligent hospital staff?

Some of the most common forms of hospital negligence include wrong-site surgeries, medication errors, surgical errors, infections, improper use of anesthesia, improper treatment of a diagnosed medical condition, failure to monitor or stabilize a patient and improper use of a medical device.

Wrong-Site Surgery A wrong-site surgery occurs when a physician removes the wrong limb during an amputation or removes the wrong organ during a surgical procedure. For example, removing the left kidney when it is the right kidney that was diseased would be an example of a wrong-site surgery.

Medication Error Medication errors can happen because of errors at the hospital pharmacy or because of errors at the patient care level. Such errors can involve giving the incorrect medication to a patient or giving too much or too little of the correct medication.

Surgical Error Surgical errors include the improper use of medical instruments, failure to remove sponges and other supplies from a surgical site and failure to use proper surgical techniques on a patient.

Infection While not all infections caused by hospital negligence, hospital-acquired infections can be very severe. In someone whose immunity is compromised by illness or weakened due to recent surgery, these infections can quickly become life-threatening. Hospital negligence can contribute to the development of infections if care providers fail to follow proper infection control procedures or do not respond quickly to signs of a developing infection. Patients in intensive care units are particularly at risk for these infections because they are often on ventilators. Ventilators bypass normal breathing mechanisms that work to keep out infection, so it is easier for bacteria to enter these patients.

Anesthesia Error Improper use of anesthesia can include using too much anesthesia, not giving enough anesthesia, using the wrong anesthetic drugs or making an error in administering epidural anesthesia. These errors can cause serious harm. Too much anesthesia can cause a patient to become confused or disoriented and may even lead to death. Not enough anesthesia can cause a patient to feel the pain of a medical procedure. Epidural errors can lead to serious consequences such as paralysis or painful bruising of the spine.

Injured at a New York hospital? Call our firm.

Hospital negligence cases often come down to the documentation available in the form of medical records and the statements of witnesses to the negligence. As a result, it's important to have an attorney who is experienced in handling hospital negligence cases and can work to gather evidence and interview nurses, technicians and other witnesses. At Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, we have the experience you need to file a lawsuit against any hospital or other medical facility in New York. We have more than 150 years of collective legal experience and have recovered more than $3 billion for the injured since 2000 alone. Contact our office today.