Helping Patients Recover after Inadequate Care in Hospitals

New York Hospital Negligence Lawyer

When you need to be admitted to the hospital, you are already not in the best physical condition. You should expect that nurses, doctors, and staff members will provide the care you need for your health to improve, and you certainly should not expect the risk of additional injuries. Unfortunately, many people suffer preventable injuries in hospitals in New York City due to the negligence of staff.

The team of experienced attorneys at Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, work to hold hospitals and medical facilities accountable for unnecessary harm to patients. If you or a loved one suffered harm in a hospital, you should contact our law firm right away to discuss your legal options.

Never Events

There are many different ways that patients in hospitals suffer injuries. Many occurrences that cause injuries are commonly referred to as “never events,” since they should never have happened in the first place. Some examples of never events include:

  • Wrong-site surgery
  • Leaving an object in a patient after surgery
  • Administering contaminated drugs
  • Using contaminated devices
  • Patient disappearance, abduction, or sexual assault
  • Serious injuries during labor and delivery in a low-risk pregnancy
  • Toxic exposure
  • Electric shock

These are only some instances of hospital errors that can result in serious injuries or the death of a patient. When a hospital is negligent and unnecessary harm results, the facility should be liable for all of a patient’s losses.

Bedsores in Hospitals

One common preventable injury to hospital patients is bedsores. Bedsores develop when there is excessive pressure on a patient’s body due to being static in bed or a wheelchair. These pressure ulcers can often be prevented by ensuring that a patient’s position gets regularly adjusted, that the clothes and bedding are clean and dry, and that the mattress serves to relieve pressure. Despite these simple and well-known preventative measures, many hospital patients continue to develop bedsores.

Bedsores from hospitals can result in many different losses, including:

  • The costs of treatment for the bedsores
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Lost income if a patient misses work due to extended time in the hospital
  • Wrongful death

The law gives injured patients the right to hold hospitals and other medical facilities liable for their losses, though obtaining compensation can be complicated. Hospitals know they are at risk of liability, and their legal departments and insurance companies know how to fight against claims. It is important to seek assistance from a law firm that regularly works to help patients after hospital negligence in New York City.

Contact a New York City Hospital Negligence Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation

The lawyers of Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, stand up for the rights of hospital patients. Learning that you need additional medical treatment due to hospital negligence can be stressful, and you may face a longer recovery time than expected. When unnecessary harm disrupts your life, look no further than our NYC hospital negligence and bedsore attorneys. Call (844) 512-4098 or contact us online for your free consultation.

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Testimonials

My attorney was meticulous, intelligent, and had an exceptional demeanor with the judge and jurors. When the Jury verdict was returned in our favor I hugged my lawyer and cried. It wasn’t just the money that was so satisfying, it was being in the Courtroom with the doctor and their lawyers when the Judge told them the jury found them responsible.

France P.

We were not only pleased with the monetary award, but to see these facilities held accountable, we finally had some closure. I would recommend Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, to any family with a case involving bedsores or medical issues against a nursing home or hospital.

Lisle B.

Elliot Sinel was our trial attorney and our whole family watched the jury trial unfold for two weeks. Watching our lawyer cross exam the defendant doctors and nurses and exposing their neglect in the care for our father gave us all a great sense of satisfaction. The jury awarded us a tremendous sum of money and we all felt vindicated…

Terrence H.

Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, never told me to settle, instead they brought the case to trial and combined, a jury gave us close to a million dollars. I was very impressed by the trial attorney and the medical expert surgeon that my lawyers brought to court to testify.

Suzanne F.

Before the case went to trial, Elliot Sinel convinced the insurance company for the nursing home to pay us a large award. My sisters and I always knew that the medical negligence caused my father to suffer. The settlement gave us a feeling that the facility finally acknowledged their wrongdoing…

Ana B.

Frequently Asked Questions

People frequently develop bed sores when they do not receive adequate medical attention. This injury results in open wounds and irritated skin patches that are caused by friction, unrelieved pressure, or when prolonged pressure is placed on the skin. Although a bed sore can develop almost anywhere, the most common areas of the body prone to develop the wounds include the backside and buttocks as well as bony areas such as heels, ankles, hips and head.

Absolutely. Once a family has made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, they have a right to expect that their loved one will not be injured as a result of neglect or abuse. In fact, bedsores are one of the most common preventable, avoidable injuries in nursing homes.

Aside from bed sores, the elderly are also at risk for associated complications like:
• Inadequate wound care leading to infections
• Dehydration, malnutrition, and failure to provide sufficient quantities of food
• Over or improper medication
• Lack of supervision due to their immobility from bedsores, leading to falls
• Poor hygiene

Elderly and immobile patients rely on heath care staff at nursing homes and hospitals to reposition them at least every two hours and provide a level of care that meets required standards in New York. Failure to do this often causes bedsores to develop. In almost every case, bed sores are completely preventable if the health care staff implements the proper precautions and ensures that the resident receives adequate care.