When we think of hospital errors or medical malpractice, we often think of the events that happen during a surgical procedure or mistakes that a doctor makes. We often forget that hospitals in and around New Jersey are expected to provide a standard level or care from the moment a person comes into the hospital. This includes attending to patients in a timely manner, observing them on a regular basis and keeping them out of danger. If and when a hospital fails to meet these standards, patients can suffer serious illnesses or injuries for which the hospital could be held accountable.
One hospital, for instance, was recently at the center of a lawsuit citing negligence in the death of a 57-year-old woman. Her death did not happen as a result of a botched surgery or medication error, her family says; it happened because the hospital neglected her and failed to maintain safe premises for patients.