Holding Hospitals Accountable for the Harm They Cause
Ill and injured people are often placed in a difficult position. They cannot get well on their own and must trust the care of hospitals to treat pain and put them on the path to recovery. Unfortunately, hospitals often do not live up to their obligations. The care they provide is marked by errors and omissions that cause injury to the very people they were supposed to make better.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr holds hospitals accountable for the negligence and abuse that occurs in their facilities — acts that leads to injuries like bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and even the wrongful death of hospital patients.
Just because a treatment failed does not mean that hospital negligence occurred, but talking with an attorney is a smart decision when you suspect that things did not go as planned. Speak to an experienced Pennsylvania hospital negligence attorney today by contacting us at 814-946-4100.
When Hospital Staff Act Without Due Care
Serving clients throughout western and central Pennsylvania, Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr takes legal action when medical professionals do not use appropriate care to treat hospital patients. In addition to administering inappropriate care, many hospitals are often understaffed. Unfortunately, this can result in various injuries for hospital patients. Frequent claims can occur, such as the following:
- Patient falls causing fractures and other injuries
- Bed sores or preventable infections
- Medication errors
When Hospital Conduct Leads to Bed Sores
Bed sores — often called pressures ulcers or decubitus ulcers — are among the most common and preventable injuries patients experience in hospitals. They are caused when patients stay in one position for too long. Starting with skin redness or blisters at pressure points, they can progress into deep craters that damage muscles, tendons and bones, sometimes leading to infection in the bloodstream.
In addition to interfering with recovery and lengthening hospital stays, bed sores can cause extreme pain and even death. According to the Wall Street Journal, infections stemming from hospital-related pressure ulcers cause nearly 60,000 deaths annually.
Talk With an Attorney About Hospital Negligence
If you trusted a hospital with your care but were harmed instead, it could be time to take legal action. To schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, contact our Central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100.
Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Evening and weekend hours are available for your convenience.