Do you have questions concerning hospital negligence or your right to compensation in a personal injury claim? Check out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C. If you don't see an answer to a question or would like more detailed answers specific to your situation, we encourage you to contact our firm online or by calling our Denver office.
If you suffered unforeseen complications or serious injuries because of hospital negligence or lost a loved one because of a nurse or hospital employee's careless actions, we want to hear about it. Our lawyers will personally handle all aspects of your case - including negotiations for maximum compensation - to ensure you're staying focused on recovery, not the frustration of dealing with legal matters.
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- Administrative staff
- Lab workers
Generally speaking, hospital negligence claims are less complicated than medical malpractice claims because victims do not need to show there was intent behind the medical mistake, only negligence.
- Administration of the wrong medication to a patient
- Administration of the wrong dosage to a patient
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic results
- Mishandling of patient information or medical records
- Inadequate or poorly written pre- and post-operative care procedures
- Unclear policies regarding patient care and monitoring
- Inadequate shift change policies that leave patients vulnerable to fall accidents
- Understaffing that results in
- Inadequate training for common medical procedures, such as IV placement, that results in serious or fatal injuries
- Administrative staff
- Lab workers
- Hospital diagnosticians
Although you have the option of naming specific medical professionals in your hospital negligence claim, it's common practice to name the hospital as they are most liable to pay your settlement.
In Colorado, those seeking compensation for hospital negligence are required to file a claim within two years of discovering an injury or evidence of negligence. Once this window of time expires, a plaintiff loses their right to file a claim and recover damages.
It should be noted that there are exceptions to the rule that can change the amount of time a victim has to file a claim. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner they can address your specific case and explain your options for remedy.
Typically, victims and their families seek compensatory damages that are designed to cover present and future medical bills and lost wages as well as other expenses related to hospital negligence. In few cases, punitive damages - which are designed to punish the negligent party and discourage future mistakes - may be sought, though this amount depends on the unique circumstances of the case and current damage caps in Colorado.
Plaintiffs are still required to present evidence that supports their claims of negligence and their need for compensation. This includes gathering medical records, doctor and staff testimony, diagnostic results, hospital policy documents, and recordings or security footage. In addition to this, plaintiffs then face complex tort laws and statutes of limitations that can easily confuse anyone not adept at interpreting the law.
There is no drawback to at least speak with an attorney who offers free initial consultations like we do here at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C. Additionally, our firm works on a contingency basis, which means there is no fee if there is no recovery.