Hospital Malpractice in Tampa, Fl
Were You Injured by a Hospital Staff Member?
Every year thousands of hospital patients are injured due to medical errors, medical negligence, surgical errors, dangerous drug interactions, and otherwise incompetent staff members. Unfortunately, everyone is prone to make mistakes and given the thousands of patients that hospitals see every day, mistakes are bound to happen.
While some errors are rather small and not life-threatening, some mistakes can lead to:
- Dangerous infections
- Wrong-site surgeries
- Surgeries on perfectly health organs
- Deadly drug overdoses or interactions
If you were injured while under the care of a physician, a nurse, or a paramedic, you may be wondering if the hospital can be held legally accountable for your injuries. We at The Florida Law Group are here to help you take legal action if a medical professional or facility has negligently caused you harm or personal injury.
Determining Liability in a Malpractice Case
Generally speaking, nurses, paramedics, and medical technicians are employed by a hospital; therefore, if one of these hospital employees caused injuries to the patient while they were working, then the hospital can be held liable for the patient’s injuries. However, there are times when the nurse might have injured the patient while they were under the supervision of a doctor, and in certain circumstances, the injured patient may be able to sue the doctor for medical malpractice.
While doctors can be independent contractors or employees, the majority of doctors are not employed by the hospital itself. Often times when an employee is being admitted, they will sign admission forms acknowledging the fact that the doctor is not an employee of the hospital. However, the situation is entirely different for patients that are admitted to an emergency room. Due to the fact that most hospitals don’t have the time or opportunity to inform patients that the doctor is not an employee, often times the patient can sue the hospital for any emergency room medical malpractice that occurred no matter what the patient was told. To more accurately determine who is liable for your injuries, it is highly recommended that you discuss your case with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer at our firm.
Common Types of Hospital Malpractice Addressed by Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Although America’s hospitals offer state-of-the-art facilities and technology, thousands of hospital errors occur each and every year. All too often doctors and nurses work long hours, and in such cases a slip of the mind or a momentary mistake can occur. Whether the hospital’s staff member made an honest mistake or if they were acting out of utter disregard for the patient, hospitals need to be aware and accountable for any harm, injuries or death that their employees cause. Hospital malpractice cannot be ignored and serious errors often lead to pain, emotional suffering, permanent disfigurement, and exorbitant medical costs.
Some common types of hospital malpractice include:
- Failure to treat an infection or illness
- Improper use of a medical device
- Object left behind during surgery
- Surgical errors
- Wrong-site surgery
- Hospital infection
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to order the appropriate tests
- Failure to stabilize a patient
- Failure to address an emergency situation
- Wrong drug administered
- Overdose of drug
- Deadly drug interactions
- Failure to properly interpret an X-ray or lab test
- Improperly treating a condition
- Mixing up patient records
- Failure to attend to a patient in a timely manner (often in an emergency room)
Have Questions? Call the Florida Law Group Today.
During our more than 100 years of collective experience, we have achieved numerous successful case results on behalf of our clients in million-dollar settlements and verdicts. As proud members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, we are led by Attorney Chris Limberopoulos, a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy. We are more than qualified to provide you with excellent legal representation when it means going up against a large hospital.
Contact our firm today to learn more about your rights.