Unfortunately, hospital malpractice occurs every year. The number of medical errors that occur often leads to a large number of injuries and deaths. If you believe that your medical condition has gotten worse since you stayed at the hospital, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. Read on to learn more about how to handle your case.
Not All Injuries Result from Hospital Negligence
To prove that you were injured as a result of hospital negligence, you must show that there was a break away from standard hospital care. The hospital will need to have a duty to you. If you are taken to an emergency room or if you are admitted for a procedure, the hospital will already have this duty.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Filing a claim against a hospital can be much more difficult than filing a claim against other parties because of the level of complexity and the knowledge required. You will need help from medical experts who will help clarify the accepted standard of care as it is determined by the healthcare industry. Then, your personal injury attorney will fight to prove that the hospital deviated from the expected norms of healthcare.
In addition to proving that there was a breach in what is considered the acceptable standard of care, you must also prove that the breach leads to you suffering damages as a result. You may have additional medical bills as a result of the damages you have suffered and you may also be disfigured and suffer long-term health consequences.
Receiving Compensation for the Long-Term Health Consequences
After being injured in a hospital, you may find yourself with scars and other forms of disfigurement that will require plastic surgery. You may also experience pain and suffering. The consequences of a negligent hospital can lead to you not being able to enjoy activities that you previously enjoyed.
Injuries from a hospital can also impact your ability to work. You may be forced to quit your current job or may be forced to work fewer hours. Even if you can keep your job, you will deserve compensation for the time in which you were out of work. If you are not able to return to work, you will deserve compensation for the potential future earnings you may have received. You will need help from an experienced personal injury attorney to calculate these damages.