With extensive experience in medical malpractice law, Simeone & Miller, LLP is committed to helping victims in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We can help you navigate the legal complexities, hold responsible parties accountable, and secure the compensation you deserve for the harm you’ve endured. Contact us today to get started with an experienced hospital negligence attorney.

What Is Hospital Negligence? 

Hospital negligence occurs within the broader context of medical malpractice, defined as a failure by hospital staff or the institution to provide the standard level of care expected in the medical community, resulting in harm to the patient. This can manifest in various forms, including:

  • Errors in diagnosis: Misdiagnosing a condition or failing to diagnose it promptly, leading to incorrect or delayed treatment.
  • Surgical mistakes: Ranging from operating on the wrong site to leaving surgical instruments inside a patient’s body.
  • Medication errors: Administering the wrong medication or dosage, resulting in adverse effects.
  • Inadequate after-care: Failing to provide appropriate postoperative care can result in infections or complications.
  • Poor sanitation: Failing to maintain adequate sanitation can lead to preventable hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

Each of these instances represents a breach of the duty of care owed to patients. When such negligence leads to injury or worsens an existing condition, affected patients and their families can seek legal remedies.

At Simeone & Miller, we leverage our skills and experience to identify these breaches and advocate for the rights of victims to ensure they receive the compensation and justice they deserve.

The Lasting Repercussions of Hospital Negligence

The repercussions of hospital negligence are far-reaching and profound, impacting patients and their families long after the initial incident:

  • Physical harm: Injuries or worsened health conditions that may lead to chronic pain, disability, or a shortened lifespan.
  • Emotional and psychological distress: Victims often experience significant emotional trauma, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD, as a direct result of their ordeal.
  • Financial burden: The costs of additional medical treatments, rehabilitation, and care needed because of the negligence can be overwhelming. This is compounded by potential loss of income if the victim cannot return to work.
  • Loss of trust in healthcare: Experiencing negligence can leave patients and their families with a deep mistrust of medical institutions, potentially deterring them from seeking necessary medical care in the future.

At Simeone & Miller, we are dedicated to guiding you through this challenging time, advocating for your rights, and helping you recover the maximum compensation you need and deserve.

Proving Hospital Negligence

Proving hospital negligence involves demonstrating that the hospital’s staff or the institution failed to meet the standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient. This requires:

  • Investigating the circumstances of the treatment, including medical records review
  • Obtaining expert testimony
  • Understanding healthcare standards

The concept of vicarious liability often comes into play. The hospital can be held responsible for the actions of its employees if those actions occur within the scope of their employment and lead to patient harm. However, there are instances where hospitals may not be liable for a doctor’s negligence. 

This is particularly true in cases where doctors are considered independent contractors rather than hospital employees. The distinction hinges on the hospital’s level of control over the doctor’s work. The hospital may not be vicariously liable if the doctor operates independently, making decisions without direct oversight. 

In short, establishing the nature of the relationship between the healthcare provider and the institution is a critical part of navigating hospital negligence claims, emphasizing the complexity and the need for the experienced legal representation Simeone & Miller provides.

How Our Firm Can Help

At Simeone & Miller, we bring experience and a comprehensive approach to hospital negligence cases. Our dedicated team is equipped to navigate the complexities of medical malpractice claims, ensuring that victims and their families receive the justice and compensation they deserve. 

We carefully investigate each case, gathering crucial evidence, consulting medical experts, and analyzing medical records to build a strong foundation for your claim. Our approach includes:

  • Thoroughly assessing the extent of negligence and its impact on your life
  • Identifying all liable parties, including the hospital, medical staff, and third-party contractors, as appropriate

Trust us to handle all the legal burdens so you can focus on healing. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need and deserve. In tragic circumstances where hospital negligence leads to wrongful death, we support bereaved families through their darkest time and help them pursue justice. No matter your circumstances, we will stand by you through every step.

Talk To Our Washington, D.C. Hospital Negligence Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one have suffered due to hospital negligence in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland, Simeone & Miller offers informed legal guidance and support. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Simeone & Miller, LLP, based in Washington, D.C., provides personal injury and medical malpractice legal services across Maryland and Virginia. In Maryland, our services extend to Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Frederick. In Virginia, we serve clients in Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.