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Demonstrating hospital negligence after a patient injury

In a previous blog post we discussed the essential role communication plays in the healthcare process and the problems that can arise when medical professionals fail to communicate with one another. Failure to communicate can result in everything from a misdiagnosis to the wrong course of treatment. In some cases, the lack of communication can even have fatal results. It is important for Maryland patients to be aware of malpractice cases so they can know what to look for during treatment and prevent similar mistakes and injuries.

In a recent case alleging medical errors and negligence, the mother of a man who wound up paralyzed from injuries suffered in an attack is suing the hospital and doctors that treated her son. The man was injured in a brutal attack outside of a bar three years ago. According to the lawsuit, the hospital and doctors that treated the man negligently delayed diagnosing and treating him.

The basis of the woman's medical malpractice claim is that the hospital and the attending physicians failed to adequately communicate with one another. In particular, the lawsuit alleges that the hospitals involved failed to have neurosurgeons on call as required by law and that treating physicians failed to properly communicate with first responders who treated the man after the attack, and later with one another. The suit seeks $200,000.

Demonstrating hospital negligence requires a showing that the hospital owed a duty to the injured party, that the hospital or attending physicians deviated from that duty, and that the deviation was the cause of the persons injuries. If a person can demonstrate that level of negligence then the injured party may be entitled to recover damages.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Suit accuses hospitals, doctors of negligence after Mokena bar attack," Jennifer Delgado, Oct. 30, 2012

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