At The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., our practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been harmed by hospital negligence. Unfortunately, instances of hospital negligence are not as rare as we would like to think. Many affect our clients in Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Though most of the time, hospital protocols work efficiently, and doctors, nurses, and other staff members are dedicated and careful, slip-ups and major mistakes do occur. If you have been seriously injured while a patient in a hospital, contact our offices to get the strong, savvy legal representation you need.
Hospital care can be faulty at any point during hospitalization, during an admission, a stay, a transport, a surgery, a transfer or discharge. If hospital misconduct has resulted in your personal injury — further medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering — our hospital negligence attorneys will fight to obtain maximum compensation for you and your family.
We pride ourselves on being more than effective negotiators and litigators. We will provide you with compassion as well as competence, always aware that you have been harmed emotionally as well as physically. Because we know that your injury or illness has no doubt assaulted your pocketbook as well, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you the damages you deserve.
Types of Hospital Negligence
Many types of hospital negligence may bring you to The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., including:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of an injury or illness
- Failure to order and administer proper diagnostic testing
- Failure to take, or pay attention to, a patient’s medical history
- Misreading or ignoring abnormal laboratory results
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors (e.g. wrong-site surgery)
- Administering improper medication or dosage
- Premature discharge
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, we may be able to file a lawsuit to win you substantial damages.
How Hospital Negligence Occurs
Medical errors are not limited to doctors’ mistakes. There are a great many ways in which a hospital and its employees may cause patients harm. While an individual medical professional may offer substandard care, hospital negligence may result from systemic problems, such as:
- Bureaucratic procedures that delay admission or treatment
- Inadequate training or supervision of nurses or other hospital staff
- Failure to properly vet newly hired hospital employees
- Miscommunications among staff members
- Inadequate staffing that results in patient neglect
- Improper sanitation protocol that leads to contagion or infection
- Inadequate record-keeping that leads to treatment errors
In certain situations, our hospital negligence attorneys may be able to sue both a physician and the hospital on your behalf. There are times when more than one party is liable for a surgical error, for example, both the hospital and the surgeon or both the hospital and anesthesiologist.
When is the hospital responsible for the medical malpractice of doctors?
In most cases, the hospital is liable for incompetence on the part of any of its employees under the legal principle of vicarious liability. Vicarious liability holds the hospital accountable for the misconduct of its medical technicians, nurses, nursing assistants, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, custodians, etc. However, in the case of doctors, the hospital is only responsible for malpractice by doctors they employ.
Because many doctors who attend you in the hospital may not be employees of the facility, but rather affiliated independent contractors, there are instances in which the hospital is not liable for their mistakes. It gets even more complicated. If you were never informed that the doctor attending to you was not a hospital employee, we may still be able to sue the hospital for damages. Such confusing matters of law are the reason it is essential that you have an experienced hospital negligence attorney at your side.
Types of Hospital Negligence for Which You May Win Damages
When you consult with The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., we will listen carefully to your story to determine whether you have a viable case. If you had surgery on the wrong body part due to miscommunications, developed a serious infection due to improper sterilization of surgical equipment, were not carefully monitored while in intensive care, were injured during gurney transport, or endured any other unacceptable treatment — you can count on us for aggressive advocacy.
How We Will Strategize to Win Your Case
Frank Dito has comprehensive knowledge of New York State and federal law pertaining to hospital negligence. We will leave no stone unturned to gather evidence of medical malpractice against the hospital by interviewing witnesses, examining medical records, and conferring with any necessary experts (e.g. surgeons, medical researchers, radiologists). We will also look into any prior incidents in which the hospital has made settlements for negligence.
Frank Dito Will Work Tirelessly to Obtain the Damages You Deserve
We know that it is extremely distressing to be injured in the hospital, a place that is supposed to make you well. When you come to The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., you can count on working with attorneys who make your best interests a top priority. We will fight to win you compensation not only for ongoing medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life but for all expenses related to hospital negligence, such as replacement services (e.g. childcare, house cleaning).
If you have lost a beloved family member to a wrongful death due to hospital negligence, we know that no compensation will be enough. Nonetheless, we will fight vigorously for you to receive restitution for final medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost financial and emotional support.
Contact Us Today So We Can Begin Working on Your Hospital Negligence Case
If you have suffered physical harm while at the hospital, consult with us promptly. We know that the hospital has high-power attorneys so we will be well-prepared to level the playing field. We have a long history of positive outcomes and would like nothing better than to add you to our list of grateful clients. Contact us for a consultation.