Tulsa Hospital Liability Attorneys
Hospital & Emergency Room Errors in Oklahoma
Like doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals, medical facilities have a responsibility to provide patients with an acceptable level of care. If you were injured or if your loved one died after receiving substandard care in a hospital or emergency room, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
It is important that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney, as hospital liability cases can be challenging to win without the help of a legal team. At Brewster & De Angelis, we have been representing individuals and families throughout Oklahoma for over forty years, providing compassionate and personalized legal representation backed by a longstanding history of success. Our Tulsa hospital liability lawyers know how to navigate the legal system and are prepared to aggressively advocate for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Examples of Hospital Negligence
Hospital negligence can take part in any department, including emergency rooms, delivery rooms, and operating rooms. Anyone who visits the hospital, whether or not they are admitted, could become the victim of a preventable medical error.
Some common examples of hospital negligence include:
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis
- Misreading or improperly analyzing test results
- Hospital laboratory errors
- Surgical errors, including unnecessary surgery
- Medication mistakes, including anesthesia errors
- Failure to obtain informed consent prior to a procedure
- Ignoring a patient’s symptoms
- Emergency room errors and negligence
- Poor follow-up/aftercare
- Mistakes with patients’ medical records
- Failure to provide for admitted patients’ needs (malnutrition, dehydration, etc.)
- Birth injuries, such as failure to order a timely cesarean section (C-section)
Hospital negligence and preventable errors can have devastating consequences. Patients may not receive the treatment and care they need, leading to worsened conditions, catastrophic injuries, life-threatening complications, and death.
Holding a Hospital Accountable
Like other employers, hospitals are generally considered liable for the conduct of their employees. As such, if you or a loved one was harmed due to a hospital employee’s negligence, misconduct, or error, you could have a claim against the hospital itself.
To have a case against a hospital, you will likely need to prove the following:
- You were a patient at the hospital
- You received substandard care from a hospital employee or staff member
- You were injured and/or suffered measurable damages
- The hospital employee or staff member’s conduct was the cause of your injuries/damages
Note that hospitals are not considered legally responsible when patients are injured due to the negligence, misconduct, or error of an independently contracted or self-employed medical provider. This may apply to certain physicians, surgeons, and specialists.
At Brewster & De Angelis, our Tulsa hospital negligence attorneys can review the details of your case to determine exactly who is liable for your damages. We work with expert witnesses, including medical professionals, to obtain clear and powerful testimony on behalf of our clients. Our collaborative and aggressive approach to litigation has helped us recover many significant results, including both settlements and verdicts.
The Effects of Hospital Negligence
Our firm has seen firsthand just how devastating hospital negligence can be, both for victims and their loved ones. Preventable errors and misconduct such as medication errors, incorrect procedures, or off-label treatments can lead to permanent injuries, impairments, and disabilities, which may affect victims for the rest of their lives. Many people who are injured due to hospital negligence require additional medical care, which can be expensive and time-consuming to obtain. They may be unable to work and earn a living to support themselves and their families; in some cases, they may be permanently unable to obtain gainful employment due to their injuries.
All of this results in considerable physical, emotional, and financial hardships. When a person dies due to hospital negligence, their surviving family members are left with unimaginable emotional distress and a need for justice.
At Brewster & De Angelis, we help our clients seek full and fair compensation for all of their damages, often including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income/wages
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of future income
- Lost quality/enjoyment of life
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of love, companionship, and support
Note that the state of Oklahoma caps non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000. This means that you cannot receive more than $350,000 in damages for intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost enjoyment of life.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Hospital Liability Lawyers
When you visit the hospital, you deserve the highest level of professional medical care. If you believe that you did not receive adequate care, or that your loved one’s death was the result of a preventable medical error, Brewster & De Angelis can help.
We offer highly personalized and compassionate legal services, as well as aggressive representation tailored to you and your unique case. Our attorneys work together to develop innovative legal strategies on behalf of our clients. You can rely on us to be communicative, accessible, and honest with you throughout the entire legal process.
Available & Responsive
The attorneys at Brewster & De Angelis are always available to provide you with updates and answer questions regarding your case. At the end of the day, we work for you and pride ourselves on being available regardless of the situation.
Focused On Your Best Interests
When going through a legal matter, things can seem scary and uncontrollable. Our team works to refine the legal process in order to ensure you not only understand exactly what is going on, but also that your goals and interests are taken into account with every decision.
Collaborative Legal Strategies
Unlike other law firms, we handle a small number of cases so that our team can focus on getting you results. When it is time to get ready for trial, you can be assured that our full team of litigators has convened to get you the best possible outcome.
Dedicated & Trusted Counsel
At Brewster & De Angelis we have the top litigators in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we have been serving our community for over forty years, giving us the tools and knowledge to aggressively and effectively handle your case.