Medical negligence is a serious problem that nobody expects to occur. Patients trust that doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are there to care for their health, but there are situations in which problems can arise.
What many individuals may not be aware of, though, is how a hospital can be considered negligent when a patient sustains a significant injury or a worsening condition. Here are some of the ways in which a hospital or other medical facility can be negligent.
Not Performing Background Checks On Employees
When a hospital is hiring anyone in a medical professional position, it’s important for them to perform proper background checks on the employees to ensure they are qualified for the position. For nurses and doctors, the medical facility must ensure that they can properly care for and diagnose patients.
They must also ensure that the doctor or nurse has no prior reports against them of any kind of negligence and that they pass a screening. If these measures are not considered before a hire, the hospital may be negligent for any issues that may arise.
How a System Error Can Cause Harm
One thing that the hospital must ensure is in place is a proper system to transfer information and medical records. When mistakes occur, this can lead to misdiagnosis, incorrect testing, surgical errors, and medication errors—all of which can cause significant harm.
This may occur when the system in place has errors, or even in a situation in which the hospital is understaffed and information is lost or transferred incorrectly. The medical facility must ensure they are properly staffed and that the communication is sufficient.
At Beam Legal Team, our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers work hard to help individuals who sustain significant injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. In the medical world, this means if any doctor, nurse, or even the hospital is negligent, they should be held accountable for their actions.
We work hard to help you seek justice and compensation so you can move forward after sustaining serious harm. Trust that we are here to guide you through the process, protecting your rights and your best interests, and focusing on your needs.
Call our firm today at (866) 766-3806 and discuss how we may be able to help you.