You expect to receive quality medical care when you are treated at a hospital. Whether visiting the emergency room after an accident, undergoing routine surgery, or delivering your first baby, you have every right to believe you will be given the best medical care possible.
But what happens when the hospital fails to uphold its duty? What happens when patients die because the hospital is unprepared? What happens when the doctors and nurses are not equipped with the necessary knowledge and equipment?
When it comes to medical care in a hospital, every second counts. If the hospital has been negligent in its preparations and operations, the patients are the ones who can pay the ultimate price. If you believe that your spouse or a close loved one died because of negligence from the hospital where they were treated, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is one option to obtain legal justice.
With so many individuals involved every step of the way during a patient’s medical treatment, it becomes difficult to imagine that negligence can occur. The doctors, nurses, surgeons, and all healthcare providers have others to whom they must report. They are required to keep detailed medical charts for each patient, and there are protocols that guide the treatment process for every individual seen at the hospital.
Unfortunately, when so many moving parts are involved, it can also become easy for things to get overlooked. If one person fails to do their job or makes a conscious decision not to follow the protocols in place, wrongful death is a very real possibility. There are two main ways that negligence occurs in a hospital.
This is one area that can get a little tricky when it comes to pursuing legal action. In many instances, doctors and nurses simply act as independent contractors while working at a hospital, which means that they are not actually employees of the facility. However, there are also situations where a hospital may have a significant amount of control over its independent contractors.
When it comes to addressing a hospital's liability because of negligent employees, you will need a legal professional to investigate and consult on the matter. It’s not always a black-and-white issue of whether or not the hospital directly employed them, so it is best to have a legal expert address your questions on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital; sometimes, you cannot.
Wrongful death can also occur when the hospital itself is negligent. This is possible in several different ways. A hospital can exhibit negligence if:
If you have reason to believe that your spouse or loved one died because of negligence on the part of a hospital in Pennsylvania, you have every right to pursue legal action. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you will be able to seek compensation through a civil trial for the damages you experienced because of the death. Those damages can include:
The critical step to filing a lawsuit in Pennsylvania is hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney with the knowledge and resources to represent your family’s best interests.
The Ross Feller Casey law firm has a national reputation for winning record-setting recoveries in catastrophic injury cases, including many involving wrongful death due to hospital negligence. We have helped many families and can help yours, too.
We have top Ivy League-educated doctors on our staff who review medical records and assist our attorneys with case preparation. Additionally, we have the resources to ensure no stone is left unturned in your wrongful death claim.
For more information on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in Pennsylvania, contact the attorneys at Ross Feller Casey for your free consultation today. We handle all our cases, including wrongful death lawsuits, on a contingency basis. That means you won’t have any fees until we win or settle your case.
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