Recovering Damages for the Negligence of Hospitals
Patients can be injured by inattentive or inappropriate nursing care. Sometimes injury or death are the result a hospital, through its nurses, technicians or administrators, rather than a physician’s error. Two prime examples are medication errors and failing to alert physicians to important changes in a patient’s condition. Hospitals are legally responsible for the negligent acts of their nurses and other employees.
Hospitals are also legally responsible when they allow a physician to perform surgery even though the physician has repeatedly injured patients through inappropriate medical care. Miller & Wagner recently concluded a group of two dozen malpractice lawsuits against a neurosurgeon and the hospitals that allowed him to operate on unsuspecting patients, despite a lengthy and well known history of inappropriate surgeries.
With more than 65 years of combined malpractice litigation experience, Dave Miller and Bob Wagner know how to identify the signs of hospital negligence and make an effective presentation of the evidence that proves it.
Substandard treatment in hospitals can result from a number of problems — inadequate staffing, poor communication between doctors and nurses, allowing poorly trained or unskilled physicians to perform surgery, insurance-driven discharge decisions, or even the simple failure to follow standard policies and procedures. Miller & Wagner’s experience with the investigation and proof of hospital negligence claims can represent a powerful advantage for your damages claim.
Examples of hospital negligence include:
- Negligent credentialing of physicians
- Negligent monitoring of patients after surgery
- Improper pain management leading to overdoses or under medication
- Nurse’s failure to report changes in the patient’s condition to physicians
- Physician’s failure to give clear instructions to nurses
- Serious complications resulting from dehydration or inadequate nutrition
- Negligence in preventing, diagnosing or treating infections
- Discharge from the hospital before the patient is ready to go home
Miller & Wagner advises and represents people with negligence claims against hospitals in both Oregon and Washington. For the advice of an experienced lawyer about the merits of your personal injury or wrongful death claim resulting from hospital negligence, contact our office in Portland for a free initial consultation.