Louisville, KY Medical Malpractice Attorney for Hospital and Emergency Room Errors
If you have been to the emergency room or spent time in the hospital, you know that these are hectic places. Doctors and nurses are treating patients with everything from the flu to heart disease, dispensing diagnoses, advice, and medications as they speed from one bedside to the next. While the emphasis is supposed to be on treatment, in many hospitals in Kentucky, it is clear that the real focus is on the bottom line. Minimal staffing, reliance on outdated technologies, and other cuts keep the hospitals’ pockets lined while their patients fall victim to substandard care.
At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we are passionate advocates for patients’ rights. Attorney Seth Gladstein spent the first 8 years of his career defending hospitals against medical malpractice claims, and he has seen first-hand the tools, techniques, and strategies these businesses use to justify the harm patients suffer while under hospital care. Today, Seth uses his knowledge and experience to help emergency room and hospital malpractice victims fight for the compensation they deserve. Since opening Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC in 2011, Seth has secured *millions of dollars for his clients, including multiple million-dollar medical malpractice awards.
Common Examples of Hospital and Emergency Room Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that you may be a victim of medical malpractice in a hospital or emergency room, you are not alone. Each year, hospitals pay out billions of dollars to victims of malpractice – more than 90 percent of which is paid in out-of-court settlements. Claims are split almost equally between inpatient and outpatient victims, and allegations include everything from minor injuries to wrongful death.
Some of the most common medical malpractice claims involving negligent hospital and emergency room care include the following:
- Failure to Address a Patient’s Worsening Condition – In busy hospitals, patients may receive only occasional visits from nurses, and typically receive just daily visits from their doctors. Patients whose conditions worsen while in the hospital often suffer due to inattentive care.
- Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis – Diagnosis errors are the single most common form of medical malpractice in hospitals and emergency rooms. From failure to diagnose broken bones to misdiagnosing the symptoms of a heart attack, diagnosis errors can have life-changing, and sometimes fatal, consequences.
- Failure to Follow Hospital Policies and Procedures – Hospitals operate under strict policies and procedures, and doctors, nurses, and administrative staff are required to adhere to these guidelines when providing services to patients. Departures from protocol can lead to mistakes that result in patient illnesses and injuries.
- Inadequate Communication Among Doctors and Hospital Staff – Communication errors in hospitals and emergency rooms can range from transcription mistakes in patient records to miscommunications between doctors and nurses during surgery. In any case, communication errors can lead to confusion, mistakes, and ultimately patient illness or injury.
- Inadequate Staffing and Untrained Staff – Staffing issues are pervasive in many hospitals in Kentucky and across the country. With inadequate staff, hospitals simply can’t provide the level of care their patients need. In addition, staff members who are untrained can make dangerous mistakes that can give rise to claims against the hospital for malpractice.
- Nurses’ Failure to Follow Doctors’ Orders – From administering medications to serving as conduits between doctors and patients, experienced nurses are critical to safe hospital care. However, by law, they must provide treatment pursuant to doctors’ orders. When nurses fail to follow a doctor’s orders, it is their patients who often end up suffering the consequences.
- Prescription Errors – Prescription errors, including overdose, underdose, and administration of the wrong medication can have severe consequences. Individuals who suffer from hospital prescription errors are entitled to seek just compensation.
- Recordkeeping Errors – Inadequate recordkeeping, failure to locate or transfer patient files, and recording incorrect information are common errors that may give rise to a claim for malpractice.
- Unsafe and Unsanitary Facilities – It should go without saying that hospitals need to be kept safe and sanitary. However, unsanitary conditions and safety hazards in hospitals often lead to patient illnesses and injuries.
- Use of Outdated Medical Equipment – Hospitals that use outdated medical equipment may be unable to provide the necessary standard of care. From surgical tools to testing machines, if relying on yesterday’s technology results in a negative patient outcome, the hospital may be liable for the patient’s losses.
Contact Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC about Your Hospital or ER Medical Malpractice Claim
Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC provides experienced and aggressive legal representation for victims of hospital and emergency room errors throughout Kentucky. To speak with attorney Seth Gladstein about your case, call our Louisville law offices at (800) 991-0474, or request a *free consultation online today.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel) Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.