Hospital Malpractice Lawyers with Decades of Experience
A trip to the hospital is often fraught with pain and trepidation, and while most visits proceed smoothly, complications can arise. Some of these complications could be due to medical malpractice. Dealing with an instance of malpractice during a hospital visit only adds additional suffering to an already difficult situation. Often, patients don't know what their rights and resources are when it comes to hospital malpractice. In these cases, your lawyer might recommend that you file a malpractice lawsuit against the medical provider instead. Janet, Janet & Suggs has a team of experienced hospital malpractice lawyers on staff ready to handle the complicated process of suing the hospital and seeking to win appropriate damages.
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What to Know About Hospital Malpractice Cases
Hospital malpractice is negligence from a hospital employee resulting in injury to the patient. Hospital employees include nurses, medical technicians, and other support staff. Some hospitals employ doctors directly, while others hire them as independent contractors. This distinction impacts whether or not a mistreated patient can sue the hospital for the doctor's negligence — usually, you can only sue a hospital for a doctor's malpractice if that doctor is a hospital employee. Often, hospital malpractice cases are complicated because of the complex nature of medicine and the specific legal procedures necessary to file a suit.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
A hospital malpractice attorney can help you navigate the medical and legal processes of your case. Usually, you'll need to provide medical records and to confer with an expert to explain those records as part of your case. Additionally, there's a specific process for filing a lawsuit and collecting damages. JJS has a number of medical professionals on staff who can interpret your medical records and help you understand your rights. With our help, you can focus on recovering from your malpractice experience while we handle your case.
What are the common instances of hospital malpractice?
Hospital malpractice can take many forms. A few of the most common types of hospital malpractice include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injury
- Failure to treat
- Surgical errors
- Surgical errors
Can I sue the hospital if a doctor committed malpractice?
In most cases, if a doctor committed malpractice, you cannot sue the hospital. Since many hospitals hire doctors as independent contractors, they are not considered hospital employees, and thus, the hospital may not be liable for their actions. However, if the hospital did not inform you that the doctor who committed the malpractice was an independent contractor, you may have recourse to sue the hospital.
What are the usual damages for a hospital malpractice case?
Damages, or monetary compensation, vary from case to case in a hospital malpractice lawsuit. Damages usually include financial, emotional and physical compensation, all paid out monetarily. If there's evidence the medical provider purposefully mistreated you or your family member, then you can also include punitive damages in the overall lawsuit.
Some of our medical malpractice wins include:
- Cancer misdiagnosis: Tens of millions of dollars in damages
- Mismanaged labor and delivery: $10 million in damages
- Sonogram misinterpretations: $9 million in damages
- Airway obstruction: $8.25 million in damages
- Placental abruption mishandling: $7.3 million in damages
- Negligent spinal treatment: $6 million in damages
What Is the statute of limitations?
Most hospital malpractice cases are governed by a statute of limitations. This means that after a certain period of time following the malpractice or discovery of the malpractice, you can no longer sue for damages. Statute of limitation laws vary from state to state.
How a Hospital Malpractice Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
A hospital malpractice attorney can be instrumental in the success of your case. The lawyers at JJS have experience working on medical malpractice suits, know how to represent you effectively, and will work tirelessly to help you seek the compensation you need to recover. We can help you:
- Act in a timely manner within the statute of limitations
- Find the appropriate medical expert to review your case
- Determine whether you can sue the hospital
- Gather the necessary medical records
- Request the appropriate damages
- Follow appropriate legal procedures
While we manage the complex malpractice process, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Locations We Serve
JJS serves hospital malpractice victims all over the country. Skilled JJS hospital malpractice lawyers support clients in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs With Your Hospital Malpractice Case
JJS has a team of in-house medical professionals familiar with a wide range of hospital malpractice suits. Our attorneys have won many cases that other law firms couldn't, and have an impressive record of getting our clients the results they deserve.
With JJS, you can be sure your lawyer will handle your case with care and compassion. We understand that managing a hospital malpractice suit on top of the injury is emotionally, physically and financially draining. We're here to help you navigate the process. Contact us today if you or a loved one has suffered due to medical negligence in a hospital for a free, no-obligation consultation.