A Fort Lauderdale Hospital Malpractice Attorney Helps Protect the Rights of Hospital Patients
More than four decades of experience identifying all liable parties in hospital malpractice claims
The treatment of each patient in a hospital or other medical facility involves a coordinated effort among many parties, from the administrative staff that schedules and organizes all activities to the medical providers who provide care. While Florida law holds all medical providers to a certain medical standard, it also holds medical facilities responsible for the care provided within their walls. If you or a loved one suffers due to hospital negligence, the board-certified trial lawyer at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. have the skills and resources needed to help hold all responsible parties liable — including the facility entrusted with setting procedures and standards to ensure patient safety.
Why hospitals are legally responsible for the actions of their medical professionals
Every aspect of hospital operations relies on detailed coordination and communication. Without an effective process in place, doctors may make critical decisions based on incomplete patient records. A single patient injury can be caused by many individual errors compounded by a lack of appropriate hospital protocols that help ensure patient safety.
Of course, identifying full liability of all parties and proving it under the law is a very complex process. Each hospital malpractice attorney at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. understands how these facilities should work and has the skills and resources needed to help injured patients pursue the compensation they need and deserve.
Nurse malpractice can affect all areas of a hospital
The care nurses provide to patients in hospitals and other medical facilities makes a vital difference to patient recovery. Whether they are negligent in caring for patients in their rooms or their negligence in the operating room contributes to surgical error, their actions can lead to severe injury or illness such as the following:
- Causing severe allergic reactions by delivering meals designated for other patients
- Causing serious reactions by providing patients with the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage
- Preventing or delaying important treatment by not responding promptly to patient calls, delays in updating charts or failing to notify appropriate medical providers of new symptoms or complaints
- Spreading illnesses by not washing hands, wearing fresh gloves, sterilizing equipment or addressing any needed sanitary precautions
- Failing to properly inventory equipment used in surgery, leading to patient injury or fatalities when an item remains in the body
A fast-paced environment does not eliminate the possibility of emergency room malpractice
The fast pace of hospital emergency rooms exposes all workers to greater risks of error as they fervently work to save lives. The Florida medical malpractice statutes recognize these risks and offer greater latitude when determining negligence in any emergency situation. However, this recognition does not exempt emergency workers from liability, as in the following situations:
- Errant triage procedures that further injure patients by failing to provide timely attention for serious conditions
- Substandard medical records maintenance that leads to inappropriate treatment by doctors who inherit the cases
- Failure to perform appropriate diagnostic testing or rushed test analysis that causes improper treatment or administration of dangerous or deadly medication
Patients have the right to pursue medical malpractice actions against the individuals who provide negligent care. However, they can also pursue compensation from hospitals that fail to put appropriate procedures into place and properly oversee operations.
Hospital negligence often involves numerous individuals. When hospitals fail to put processes in place to protect patient safety, or when medical practitioners fail to follow procedures, patients can suffer needlessly. Legal cases involving the negligence of multiple parties require an attorney who investigates every detail of the patient experience and navigates the complex Florida medical malpractice laws to help pursue compensation.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale hospital malpractice lawyer for experienced support in complex legal cases
The lawyers at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. have extensive experience and resources to help you pursue the compensation you need from hospitals and other medical facilities and from all individual liable parties. We take calls 24/7, offer flexible hours for a free consultation, and we can meet with you in our convenient downtown office, at home or in the hospital. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we win or settle your hospital malpractice case. Contact us online, or call us at (954) 416-0124 today.