Denver Hospital Administrative Negligence Attorneys
Hospitals Can Be Held Liable for Administrative Errors
There is more than one way to become a victim of negligence during your hospital stay. Errors on the part of an administrator, or the hospital’s overall administrative program, lead to patient injury.
If you suffered injury, infection, or worsened illness at the hands of healthcare providers, please contact Leventhal & Puga, P.C. Our nationally acclaimed trial lawyers may be able to review your medical records and file a claim for compensation on your behalf. Call (303) 759-9945 for a no-charge initial consultation.
What Is Hospital Administrative Negligence?
The hospital holds the responsibility for many aspects of patients’ safety and health during their stay. Hospitals are responsible for hiring and supervising qualified employees, maintaining the equipment and facility, and appropriate staffing.
There are various ways a hospital may fail to meet the standard of care and be found negligent. Examples include:
- Hiring unlicensed employees, employees with a history of serious misconduct, or otherwise unqualified employees to treat patients.
- Failing to monitor healthcare provider certifications and training and licensing requirements to ensure that employees are up to date and informed. Continuing medical education, which consists of educational activities to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of a practitioner, is required for virtually all medical professionals (ACCME).
- Failing to fire employees who have been found guilty of misconduct or who have lost their license or certifications and can no longer safely treat patients.
- Failing to establish protocols for medical staff and patients to ensure a safe facility, or failing to update or improve safety protocols after unsafe practices have been demonstrated. Hospital administration departments may be responsible for establishing and promoting sanitation programs, patient transport safety and hospital room safety, and medical development updates.
- Making patient paperwork errors. Paperwork errors can lead to a number of serious consequences, such as the prescribing an improper medication or a premature discharge.
For example, an administrative employee who makes an error on the patient’s intake form regarding drug allergies may result in the patient receiving that drug. This could require an emergency treatment to attempt to revert the effects of the drugs. In this case, the patient may receive damages for costly emergency room bills and for suffering the trauma of an overdose.
Take Action after Hospital Administrative Negligence in Denver
Administrative errors at a hospital can result in serious injuries and losses. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complicated to prove, as an attorney will need to research and consult experts to determine exactly what went wrong and when, and how it caused the patient’s injury.
Proving negligence requires demonstrating the following elements. Remember, a hospital acts through its employees:
- Duty – The hospital had a legal duty to the victim under the circumstances. A hospital administrative employee has a legal duty to ensure protocol for patient health and safety.
- Breach – The hospital failed to uphold their legal duty to the patient’s health and safety by acting or failing to act in a certain way.
- Causation – The hospital’s error was the direct cause of harm to the patient.
- Damages – The patient was harmed by the hospital’s actions.
Compensation may be awarded to a victim of hospital negligence for additional medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a hospital error, you should contact our Denver trial attorneys to manage your case. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Leventhal & Puga, P.C., call our office at (303) 759-9945 today.