Each year, thousands of individuals suffer from injuries, illnesses and mental distress due to medical negligence. This type of malpractice can come in numerous forms – doctor negligence, pharmacists prescribing incorrect dosages and hospital negligence, just to name a few. What does hospital negligence entail, and what should you do if you’ve been the victim of hospital malpractice?
Hospitals are responsible for what’s known as “duty of care,” or providing patients with responsible, professional, compassionate medical care. If a hospital fails to provide adequate medical care for a patient, they have violated this code and can be held responsible for negligence.
Violations include improper care during surgery that has resulted in physical injury or illness in a patient; failure to properly diagnose heart conditions, cancer, stroke and other serious conditions; failure to inform a patient of all their treatment options, and more. Individual medical professionals, as well as medical institutions as a whole, can be held responsible for injury, illness, psychological trauma and death of a patient in these cases.
Many patients who have been failed by a hospital experience long-term consequences that negatively affect their health and wellbeing. If you were injured during a surgery, left with unnecessary complications from an operation or were not properly diagnosed by a hospital, you can seek compensation for any financial burdens this has caused.
You can sue for damages to cover loss of income, loss of future earning power, ongoing care costs such as rehabilitation and pain and suffering for any mental distress you have endured.
You’ll have to file a claim to pursue compensation, and are required to file within three years of the incident in eastern Australia. However, this timeline can be extended if you have been involved in a highly complex case, so continue to explore your options even if you fall outside of the three-year period.
If you have suffered from illness, injury, financial losses and undue suffering from hospital negligence, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation to help cover ongoing care costs, loss of income and pain and suffering. The right professionals can guide you through this process, when you can find out how much you may be eligible to receive and work within a time frame that will get you the funds you need to recover from medical negligence as soon as possible.