Hospital Negligence Lawyer In Pittsburgh, PA
Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Victims Injured by Hospital Staff Due To Medical Negligence Throughout Western Pennsylvania
When our Pittsburgh hospital negligence lawyer at Matzus Law takes on a case, we are sometimes shocked at the discoveries we make during the course of an investigation. What seems like a straightforward set of circumstances may, in fact, involve a series of easily preventable mistakes and miscommunications that lead to a patient’s severe injury or death. Cases of hospital negligence may involve inadequate hospital policies or procedures concerning the care and treatment of patients, failure to train and educate nursing staff, failure to communicate abnormal or critical value test results to physicians or patients or failure to maintain equipment. All patients deserve good, safe medical care when they go to a hospital. Unfortunately, in an effort to maximize profits, some hospitals operate more like processing plants with little concern for the physical and emotional wellbeing of their patients. While not every mistake can be attributed to acts of malpractice, there are many preventable mistakes and injuries that are caused by hospital system failures that could have been prevented if the staff members at the hospital had used reasonable care.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about hospital negligence in Pennsylvania, read the Matzus Law medical malpractice FAQ page.
Types of Hospital Negligence Errors
Because hospital systems are large medical facilities, the number of mistakes that can change the course of someone’s life are numerous. Acts of negligence may include:
- Wrong site surgery or procedure
- Delays in treatment or emergency surgery
- Infections acquired at the hospital because of negligence
- Improperly administered anesthesia or failure to monitor vital signs after administering anesthesia
- Central Venous Catheter or Peripheral Venous Catheter blood stream infections or extravasation injury
- Hospital medication errors (wrong dose, wrong medication, adverse interaction with other medications)
- Failure of nursing staff to communicate important changes in patient’s condition to physicians
- Improper medical record keeping
These mistakes are all highly preventable. It is accepted industry standard for hospitals to have policies and procedures in place to eliminate or decrease the risk of these preventable mistakes occurring and injuring patients. For example, there are procedures to follow to prevent surgeons from leaving scalpels, gauze, or other instruments inside patients, and medications should always be double checked before they are administered. With some simple protocols or checklists in place to account for human error, these mistakes should never occur. Sadly, that is not the world we live in.
The Impact of Hospital Negligence on Patient Lives
Patients often accept hospital treatment because they have no alternative. When hospitals make careless errors, patients may endure extended recovery times, additional treatment or surgeries, lifelong consequences, or death. Loss of quality of life, loss of income, and the expenses of medical treatments and medications are some of the consequences of hospital negligence. Patients who have suffered unnecessarily can file a hospital negligence lawsuit to hold the hospital accountable and to obtain the compensation necessary to pay for future medical care, wage loss and other harms and losses.
At Matzus Law, we help victims of hospital negligence get back on the road to recovery and return to productive lives while working to prevent hospitals and health care practitioners from making the same mistakes in the future:
- There are certain things that patients can do to minimize the risk of hospital negligence.
- Always confirm surgical procedures and surgical sites with the surgeon before agreeing to anesthesia.
- Ask for the surgical site to be marked with a permanent marker before the procedure.
- Speak with the nurses, technicians, and physicians who treat you and confirm your name with each one to prevent medication and treatment mix-ups.a
- Always review your symptoms and doctor recommended treatments with your physician, nurse or technician before leaving.
Injured by Hospital Staff? Contact Matzus Law LLC Today!
Hospitals are liable for the mistakes their staff members make and even the best attempts at proactively protecting your health may not prevent injury. Overworked and fatigued nurses and doctors, poor communication (or no communication) between nurses and doctors, distracted doctors who fail to respond to abnormal test results or a worsening patient condition, and incompetence are just a few of the reasons we identify in cases of hospital negligence. Some of these issues need to be addressed at the systemic level by changing policies and procedures. Others are caused by personal carelessness.
If you or a loved one has suffered needlessly because of a hospital’s preventable mistake, contact Matzus Law. While our office is located in Pittsburgh, we handle hospital malpractice cases across Pennsylvania. You do not have to suffer the consequences of hospital negligence alone. Contact our Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorney today for a free case evaluation.