Who is Responsible for Hospital Errors?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 18, 2015

Medical MalpracticeIt is tragically common for patients to suffer harm because of mistakes made by medical professionals. Estimates say that 400,000 people are killed each year in part from avoidable medical errors. Many others survive errors made by doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. These people may need additional medical attention and deal with severe pain and suffering for medical mistakes committed by professionals. 

When the negligence of a medical professional results in injury or harm to a patient, the at-fault health care provider and facility can be held accountable. However, not every mistake involves negligence and not every injured patient has a viable lawsuit. This is why all victims of medical errors need to discuss their case with a Seattle medical malpractice attorney.

Some malpractice errors are straightforward. For example, it is clear when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part or leaves medical instruments inside the patient. Other times, medical professionals follow correct procedures, but the patient does not react well to the treatment. In such cases, the hospital may deny wrongdoing. Determining who is responsible and if compensation should be available for the victim is often a complicated process.

Every case is different and many victims are forced to pay out-of-pocket for the treatment they receive. More often than not, medical errors result in complicated insurance negotiations in which health care providers and insurance providers disagree on what should be covered. Often, patients are left with bills they can’t pay.

A recent Seattle Times report covered an incident where a hospital punctured a patient’s colon during a standard colonoscopy procedure. The victim almost died on the operating table. Since then, he’s experienced a significantly reduced quality of life because of the medical error. The hospital denied wrongdoing and the victim struggled. He lost his job and they spent their life savings paying for treatment.

As Seattle medical malpractice attorneys, we understand how medical negligence can turn lives upside down. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of mistakes made at a hospital, do not hesitate to research your legal rights and options.

A Seattle malpractice attorney can review your case and help you pursue support for the considerable suffering you and your family has suffered.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many malpractice victims in Seattle and throughout the state of Washington. Let us help you. Contact us at (888) 228-3860 to discuss your case.


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