If you believe that you or someone you care for has been injured from negligent hospital care, speaking with a NC Hospital Negligence Lawyer should be your next move. The Bishop Law Firm represents hospital negligence clients and we offer free case evaluations, (919) 615-3095.
Patient Care or Profit: Which is the goal?
When you go to the hospital, you trust that those in charge are following the law and looking out for your best interest as a patient. Ideally this is the case, but sometimes it is not. Hospitals are businesses. In the vast majority of businesses, profit is the #1 goal. Unfortunately, this means a person can be seriously harmed by hospital employees failing to comply with safety procedures in favor of higher profits. No one should leave the hospital worse off then when they were admitted. Medical malpractice attorneys who fight cases of hospital negligence are in part responsible for the safeguards currently in place at hospitals.
If you or someone you love is harmed during their stay at the hospital, the fault may not be that of the doctor, it may be a result of negligence of hospital administrators or other hospital staff. If this is the case, you may be able to recover money from the hospital, rather than from your doctor. An example of hospital negligence is a hospital failing to supervise a patient who is on suicide watch. This is not only against the law, it can have fatal consequences. If the hospital fails to sterilize a surgical room before operating, the patient can die from infection. If a nurse fails to note a medication a patient is taking on their chart, another nurse can unwittingly give the patient a fatal combination of medicine.
Pursuant to the Mental Health Act of 2001, it is illegal to restrain a patient or put them in seclusion unless it is absolutely necessary or as a last resort. This law was passed because it was a routine procedure to put a patient in restraints to make it easier for hospital staff. A patient in a posey vest without use of their arms lacks the balance of someone unrestrained, and this greatly increase the risks of falls. A fall for an elderly person can be deadly or could lead to a broken hip. There is a strong correlation between a broken hip and a steady health decline.
Do you need a NC Hospital Negligence Lawyer?
There is a difference between hospital negligence and just a bad outcome that is no one’s fault. Unfortunately, our bodies do not always respond appropriately to even the most excellent medical treatment and simply because a loved one passes does not mean that they received negligent hospital care. But, no one should be injured because hospitals are allowed to disregard patient care in favor of profit. If you would like to know whether you have a case against a hospital, call a NC Hospital Negligence Lawyer for a free case evaluation at (919) 615-3095. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.