Oklahoma City Hospital Malpractice Injury Lawyer
While patients don’t expect doctors to be perfect, they do expect to receive competent, adequate care. When a doctor, nurse, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or other hospital employee makes a careless, avoidable error, the result can be serious injury or even wrongful death. If you or one of your loved ones suffered an injury or illness because of a hospital error in the Oklahoma City area, you may have been the victim of malpractice, and could be entitled to compensation. Hasbrook & Hasbrook can help.
At the personal injury firm of Hasbrook & Hasbrook, our skilled and knowledgeable legal team brings over 75 years of combined experience to every case we handle. We will force the hospital in question to explain why they took the steps they did, determine whether the attending physicians and other staff were qualified to handle your medical problem, and fight to overcome all the obstacles the hospital’s legal representatives use to prevent you from obtaining compensation.
We understand how painful it can be to talk about medical complications, but know that whenever you are ready to pick up the phone, our attorneys will be here to provide compassionate legal support. For a free, completely confidential consultation, call Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. Our line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Understanding Hospital Negligence in OK: Do I Have a Malpractice Case?
Hospitals in Oklahoma City include:
- AllianceHealth Deaconess
- The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
- Community Hospital
- INTEGRIS Health
- Kindred Hospital
- Lakeside Women’s Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- Oklahoma Heart Hospital
- Anthony Hospital
These facilities, and indeed all hospitals in the state of Oklahoma, are held to extremely rigorous professional standards. When a doctor fails to meet these standards of care, and a patient suffers harm as a result, the party who made the error may be liable for compensating the victim’s medical bills, lost earnings, and other current and projected expenses and hardships. You may have a “cause of action,” or grounds for filing a lawsuit, if the following points are true:
- The hospital failed to take normal, reasonable actions and precautions when planning or providing treatment or follow-up care, which is called “negligence.”
- A hospital worker’s actions caused an avoidable error.
- You were harmed as a result of a hospital worker’s actions.
Even if you are not sure whether you have a case, we encourage you to call our law offices for a free consultation. Malpractice is a highly complex area of law, and each potential instance of negligence should be evaluated on an individual basis by an experienced attorney.
Were You a Victim of These Common Medical Errors?
Unfortunately, hospital negligence is becoming an increasingly widespread problem, not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the United States. In 2013, hospital errors became the third leading cause of death nationwide, causing nearly 450,000 deaths in addition to untold numbers of nonfatal injuries. Only cancer and cardiovascular disease claim more lives than avoidable medical mistakes.
Catastrophic errors can occur during any stage of a hospital visit, from the moment a patient’s forms and paperwork are initially processed, to the moment a patient is discharged. Many occur in the emergency room, during surgery, and even during recovery from an illness or surgery. These errors can take many different forms, with some common examples including:
- Prescribing a patient the wrong type of medication, or too much medication.
- Failing to check for dangerous drug interactions.
- Failing to get a patient’s full medical history and assessment of risk factors.
- Mismatching the results of a hospital laboratory test to the wrong patient.
- Losing a biopsy, blood sample, or other specimen.
- Failing to sterilize medical devices or other equipment, which can increase the risk of infection.
- Making a medical misdiagnosis.
- Failing to diagnose a disease or disorder (e.g. missed cancer diagnosis).
- Failing to monitor a sedated patient’s oxygen levels and other vital signs.
- Accidentally leaving an object inside of a patient’s body after surgery, which is called “unintended retention of foreign objects” (URFO).
- Unnecessarily delaying a medical procedure.
- Performing an unnecessary procedure, such as an unnecessary C-section.
- Failing to follow up on diagnostic lab test results.
- Getting two patient’s drug regimens mixed up.
- Surgical errors, such as wrong-site surgery (WSS).
No matter what type of mistake occurs, or which type of doctor or procedure is involved, the end result is often the same: excruciating pain, severe mental anguish, financial devastation, physical impairment which may be permanent, and in some cases, sadly, premature loss of life. Not only does the patient him- or herself suffer terribly; so do family members and loved ones, especially when the victim was previously responsible for financially supporting their family.
Remember, in Oklahoma, there are strict standards of care that every hospital must meet. They must adhere to these standards, meticulously following the policies, guidelines, and procedures required to ensure adequate care. When they do not, and a patient is injured as a result, the attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook will be there to investigate the incident and fight for the maximum possible compensation.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been a victim of medical negligence, call our Oklahoma City hospital malpractice attorneys at (405) 698-3040 to learn about your family’s legal options in a free and private consultation.