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UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR


Man wearing stethoscope using laptop computerInjuries caused by medical treatment are much more common than many of us would like to believe. Hundreds of thousands of people nationwide are injured or killed each year as a result of preventable medical error. Although doctors and nurses can make mistakes, it is important to remember that a hospital’s administrative policies can also result in grievous harm to a patient. Administrative error can have serious effects, leading to injury or even death. Norman Younker is a highly respected personal injury attorney devoted to helping medical malpractice plaintiffs pursue just compensation for their losses. If you or a family member has been impacted by the negligence of a doctor, hospital, or other medical caregiver, our team can determine whether an administrative error has occurred. Contact the Salt Lake City law firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, today to schedule a consultation.

Understanding What Constitutes an Administrative Error

When you visit a hospital emergency room or are admitted for treatment, you entrust your safety to highly trained individuals working in a sterile environment. If a hospital employee makes a mistake that harms a patient, the hospital may be held legally liable. The hospital administrators who are responsible for managing operations of the facility should be doing everything possible to ensure patient safety and well-being. This responsibility includes hiring and screening competent medical and support staff, and creating policies and procedures regarding how to best handle patient information, equipment, medication, and more.

 Hospital administrative errors that can constitute medical malpractice include:

  • Inadequate employee screening
  • Substandard employee training
  • Staffing mismanagement
  • Insufficient safety standards
  • Sanitation and sterilization issues
  • Use of faulty or ill-maintained equipment
  • Delayed patient care due to administrative policies
  • Inadequate security

Some doctors are independent contractors, and the issue of employment status may need to be decided by the court. However, even in the case of an independent contractor relationship, a hospital can be liable for granting staffing privileges to an incompetent or dangerous doctor.

Pursuing Justice and Compensation

It is a tragedy when medical malpractice results in life-altering injuries to a patient, or when a family is left devastated by the loss of a loved one. If medical negligence impacts your family, you are entitled to full compensation for your losses including medical bills, therapy, loss of wages, and more. Norman Younker has years of experience defending hospitals and doctors, so he understands the tactics used to deter a malpractice claim. No other malpractice lawyer in Utah has this type of experience, and it is a proven asset in the success of our firm’s settlements and verdicts. And unlike some other smaller firms, we will never rush to settle. 

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If you think you or a loved one may have been the victim of medical malpractice, do not let an insurance company decide for you. We receive our attorney's fees when you receive your settlement or jury award, so legal bills should not be a concern. Contact the personal injury team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, to schedule a consultation today.

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