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The purpose of a hospital is clear – to care for those suffering from an injury or illness. Unfortunately, all too often hospitals themselves become the site of further injury. “Hospital malpractice” is a term used to refer to incidents in which hospitals cause injury through negligent or improper treatment or care. Any improper action by a staff member of a hospital, from a doctor to a nurse to admitting staff, pharmacists, and technicians, can be considered hospital malpractice.
Statistics point to up to 100,000 annual deaths as the result of errors committed in the hospital, though issues such as self-reporting and underreporting make reliable statistics hard to come by. Common forms of hospital malpractice include improper and mistaken diagnoses, failure to diagnose, botched lab reports or x-ray interpretations, failure to order the proper diagnostic tests, incorrect administration of drugs or treatment, failure to treat a patient at all, etc. In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to in-hospital infections, which can arise from substandard care. The long-term ramifications of hospital malpractice vary from patient to patient, but can range from slight injury to long-term disability and even death.
No matter what the injury, malpractice is subject to a very high legal standard that requires the victim to prove that the hospital owed a legal duty to the patient, that it in fact failed to uphold the standard of care expected of such a facility, that the breach of care caused an actual injury, and that the injury in question damaged the patient in some way. Given this high burden of proof, it is vital that someone wishing to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit seek a skilled Jacksonville hospital malpractice lawyer to represent their interests. Not only will deep legal knowledge be required, but medical records must be gathered and assessed, an investigation performed, and relevant legal and medical experts engaged to construct a plausible case for the plaintiff.
At Farah & Farah, we know the stakes when it comes to hospital malpractice. And we have the resources it takes to help. Call one of our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys today for a free case consultation and more information on how our track record and commitment to customer service can help you.