Patient Falls Lawyer Hampton, VA

When seeking medical treatment in a hospital or medical facility, patients trust their healthcare providers to provide quality care to avoid injuries caused by falls. Hospitals are responsible for assessing a patient’s fall risk and doing everything possible to ensure they are safe during their stays. Staff and other providers have a duty to protect their patients, especially those at high risk for fall incidents. 

When patients are not properly assessed, attended to, or assisted throughout their hospital stays and suffer a fall due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, they are eligible to pursue compensation due to the physical and emotional harm suffered directly under their care. Usually, hospital falls constitute medical malpractice, though it depends on the unique circumstances of your incident. With millions recovered for medical malpractice victims, Hampton patient falls Attorney Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. of Waterman Law Centers is prepared to fight for the justice you deserve.

How Do Hospital Falls and Trauma Happen?

When you are in the hospital, you are in a vulnerable setting. Patients in the hospital setting are sick, injured, medicated and/or disoriented. This means falls and other injuries are foreseeable when the patients are left unattended, the staff is not trained in handling patients properly, or the equipment is not maintained properly.

Generally speaking, high fall risk hospital patients should not be injured from falling while in the care of the medical staff. The majority of falls are caused by negligence, such as:

  • The patient is either not assessed or is assessed incorrectly when determining if the patient is a fall risk.
  • The patient becomes a fall risk at some point during their stay.
  • Fall precautions, policies, and procedures are not in place or are not properly followed.
  • Hospital staff are not properly trained on the use of equipment, such as hospital beds and transfer equipment; or simply do not use it properly as trained.
  • Fall risk interventions are not implemented by hospital staff.
  • Patients are not assisted out of bed for toileting, transfers, etc.

Most hospital falls by high fall risk patients are preventable.

At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, our Hampton patient falls attorneys can provide a comprehensive assessment of your claim to help you understand your best legal options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to obtain evidence of negligence.

How To Prove Liability in a Hampton, VA Hospital Fall Claim

A hospital fall constitutes as medical malpractice if medical negligence directly caused the incident and injuries. To obtain a successful outcome, you must prove the three elements of negligence with the help of an experienced Hampton hospital fal lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC.

The elements you must prove to establish fault include the following:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • The duty of care was violated because a healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care
  • Due to the medical deviation from the standard of care, you suffered injuries

You have the burden of proving that the incident resulted from a healthcare provider’s neglect in meeting the standard of care. If you were injured in a fall due to medical negligence, speak with a skilled hospital patient fall lawyer in Hampton, VA, for a complete assessment of your claim. Depending on the details of your incident, one or multiple parties can be liable for damages.

Compensation in a Successful Hampton Patient Fall Claim

Victims injured in a hospital patient fall caused by the negligence of a healthcare provider can recover monetary compensation in a successful case. Depending on the details of your fall incident, you can be eligible to recover the following economic and non-economic losses:

  • Pain, suffering, and inconvenience 
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Continuing disability and limitations
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Mental anguish

An experienced Hampton  patient falls lawyer can help you assess the value of your claim by evaluating evidence of your economic damages, such as medical bills and wage losses. Non-economic damages are intangible losses you have suffered and are more challenging to prove and quantify.

Contact an Experienced Hampton Hospital Falls Lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC

If you have suffered a hospital patient fall due to medical negligence, you can hold the liable party accountable for providing substandard medical care. For over 40 years, the award-winning lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, has fought for medical malpractice victims, securing millions to help with their healing, closure, and recovery. 

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr., Esq. is named in The Best Lawyers In America for Medical Malpractice for 2007-2023, and voted its “Lawyer of the Year” in 2023 for Medical Malpractice by his peers in Southeast Virginia; and Waterman Law Centers is listed as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Medical Malpractice in U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2023.

Contact our award-winning Hampton patient falls lawyer by calling (757) 906-4707 or filling out our contact form