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Maine Hospital Negligence Attorneys

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When you or a family member goes to a hospital for medical treatment, you expect quality professional care. When a hospital’s doctors, nurses or staff members fail to meet that standard, you may face the challenge of having an entirely new illness or injury.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have experience in representing clients in cases involving hospital negligence. Our clients have come from throughout Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland. Contact our medical malpractice legal team at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your options.

We are familiar with the various types of hospital negligence claims that can arise. Among those claims are:

  • Delays in treatment, such as when you are admitted to an emergency room that is understaffed and overcrowded;
  • Anesthesia or medication mistakes, such as an incorrect dosage or failure to administer the proper type of anesthesia or medication, which often occurs as the result of miscommunication among doctors, nurses and staff;
  • Failure to follow safety or hygiene standards;
  • Failure to take a patient’s full medical history or to conduct a physical exam;
  • Failure to order or properly interpret diagnostic test results;
  • Failure to create a follow-up plan with a patient or to provide the patient with post-operative directions;
  • Surgical errors, which can include ordering an unnecessary surgery, delaying a needed surgery and leaving medical tools or devices in the patient’s body.

The results of hospital negligence can be devastating. Some of the more serious consequences include infection, internal bleeding, nerve damage, organ failure, oxygen deprivation, paralysis and traumatic brain injury. You may be facing a new round of surgeries, more medical bills and a lifetime of permanent disability.

If hospital staff act without meeting the appropriate standard of care and that failure causes injury or death to a patient, the hospital may be liable for negligence.  In these instances, injured patients and their families may be legally entitled to monetary compensation for:

  • Loss of employment;
  • Loss of past and future earnings;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past and future medical expenses.

If you suspect you have been injured by hospital negligence, we can help you evaluate your claim to decide whether legal action is warranted. A hospital negligence claim in Maine must be filed within three years after the date of the act or omission that caused the injury. When the claim is based on the leaving of a foreign object in the body, however, the clock does not start ticking until the patient discovers or reasonably should have discovered the harm.

If you or a family member has been injured as a result of hospital negligence, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.