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Pursing a claim against a hospital: Liability issues

Hospitals are responsible for the things that happen within their walls. Whether it's a doctor who makes a mistake or an orderly who doesn't follow through on a task, everyone is under the watchful eye of the hospital administration.

When someone makes a mistake that puts a patient in danger, hospitals can face lawsuits. Think of a hospital as an entity instead of a facility and you'll understand how it stands as defendant in cases where patients are hurt.

Doctors often fail to diagnose women correctly

It is common for people in New Jersey and across the country to know their bodies well enough to notice when something is off with their health. Because they likely do not have extensive medical knowledge, they will typically go to see medical professionals in hopes of obtaining a diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, women are more likely to end up in situations where doctors fail to diagnose certain health issues.

Though most people would think that every patient's symptoms and health concerns should be taken seriously, that is not always the case. In fact, women often have a more difficult time convincing doctors and other medical professionals that they are experiencing pain. The dismissal of patient information and concerns could easily cause medical staff members to miss key symptoms of a serious health condition.

Death can occur from risky surgical techniques

Most medical procedures come with risks. However, when doctors utilize the best methods for the particular patient and situation, operations are often successful. Unfortunately, medical professionals do not always take the best approach when carrying out necessary procedures, and in tragic cases, death can result from negligent actions.

New Jersey readers may be interested in an out-of-state medical malpractice case that revolved around such an issue. Reports stated that in 2013, a woman had undergone a surgical procedure in order to address a hernia. During the operation, the doctor apparently performed a "risky and dangerous" procedure to close the opening in the diaphragm that had occurred. The technique apparently involved using tacks to close the opening, even though the tacks could move and reach the heart.

Negligent medical care can lead to death

The loss of a loved one can have tremendous impacts on surviving family members. Not only do individuals face emotional turmoil, but a sudden death could leave New Jersey families with financial difficulties and other hardships. In the event that medical mistakes or negligence proves fatal, there may be reason for family members to seek compensation.

Negligent care can easily lead a sick patient to suffer additional complications. This type of situation affected a family in another state when a 32-year-old man went to a hospital for a severely swollen leg. He was taken to the critical care unit due to having a serious bacterial infection, but his family stated that he was then neglected and that his condition only continued to worsen. He also suffered from toxic shock syndrome.

Lack of proper care may point to hospital negligence

Anyone can end up in need of medical care. When this situation comes about, New Jersey patients may need to see specialists or go to special facilities in hopes of obtaining the help they need to address their conditions. Unfortunately, hospital negligence could lead to a patient suffering more harm rather than seeing beneficial results.

Hospital negligence is a form of medical malpractice for which negatively affected individuals could seek compensation. One family in another state chose to file suit due to believing that their loved one did not receive proper care at a stroke facility, and as a result, she suffered paralysis to one side of her body and other negative outcomes. The family stated that rather than being treated by qualified attending physicians, the woman was often seen by interns and residents.

Some medications require ongoing oversight for patient safety

Modern medicine is amazing in many ways. Doctors can now diagnose conditions more effectively than in the past. There are new medicines coming out every day that can help people overcome serious illnesses or manage severe symptoms. Unfortunately, with that improvement in the ability to treat patients comes potential risk as well.

Every medication can cause side effects for patients. Some people are actually allergic to compounds used in certain drugs. Patients can end up suffering serious medical injury if their doctor is not proactive enough about continued oversight as the patient adjusts to a new medication. This includes monitoring use and potential for addiction to pain medication, as well as testing for issues with other prescriptions.

Hospital negligence: Improper tests worsen injuries

After suffering an injury, many New Jersey residents seek medical attention in order to gain exact diagnoses and treatment options. Often, medical professionals conduct tests in order to determine what damage has occurred. However, some staff members may conduct unnecessary exams or tests that actually make a person's injury worse, and in such cases, a patient may have reason to file a claim for hospital negligence.

Recent reports stated that a man in another state gained a monetary award for this type of case. Apparently, the man had suffered a back injury in 2014 while carrying out duties associated with his job. During his examination, medical staff members required the man to move in various ways. However, these movements caused the man's injury to worsen, and as a result, he became paralyzed from the waist down.

Doctor negligence, misdiagnoses could lead to patient death

When New Jersey residents have loved ones who begin to show signs of health concerns, it can be a frightening situation. Family members often want to do their best to ensure that their loved ones receive the care needed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, they cannot always control the situation, and if doctor negligence contributes to a misdiagnosis or other failures in care, the situation could turn dire.

It was recently reported that a family in another state has filed a malpractice claim against a hospital. Apparently, an 88-year-old woman died in 2015 after being transported from her nursing home to a hospital for treatment of fever and oxygen deficiency. After being admitted for a urinary tract infection, the woman also suffered from other conditions, which medical staff were apparently unaware of. 

The death of a child could lead to medical malpractice claims

When doctors inform an expectant mother that something may be wrong with her baby or that her own health may negatively impact the baby, it is obviously distressing to hear. Due to the fear and uncertainty, individuals in this type of situation often listen to the advice of their doctors in regard to what action should be taken. Of course, when that advice contributes to the death of the infant, mothers may wonder why they ever listened.

New Jersey residents may be interested in a legal case involving a mother who dealt with such a tragedy. Reports indicated that in 2015, the woman was 30 weeks into her second pregnancy when medical professionals suggested she have an emergency cesarean section. The woman was hesitant to move forward with the procedure, but reports indicated that she was convinced to agree.

A foreign object left after surgery could cause complications

When New Jersey residents' children need emergency medical attention, it can be overwhelming and frightening. Parents may try to put on brave faces for their kids, but even adults have worries about how certain procedures will go. Unfortunately, these worries are not invalid as a foreign object left after surgery could easily cause tremendous complications.

One family in another state dealt with such an issue. After their daughter's birth, a teenage couple learned that she had a heart problem that required emergency surgery. Though the couple believed that the surgery went well, they later learned that a needle had been left in their baby's heart. It was over two weeks after the surgery that the parents learned of the object, but hospital records indicate the staff members were aware of its presence. 

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