No one looks forward to a stint in the hospital, even if it is just a few hours for outpatient surgery. One way that New Jersey patients get through the experience is by reassuring themselves about the trained professionals who will provide them with medical care.

Unfortunately, there are times when patients may leave the hospital in worse condition than they were in when they arrived. When hospital negligence is behind these worsening conditions, victims can and should take legal action against those responsible.

The public relies upon hospitals and medical personnel to provide a high standard of care. However, negligence on the part of the hospital’s staff hurts not just the victim, but also the healthcare industry as a whole. When this happens, it may feel like the duty of the injured party to hold the hospital accountable for the behavior of its staff. Filing a lawsuit for damages against the hospital can prompt other facilities to take a more proactive and preventative approach to treating patients.

Hospital negligence can occur in many different situations — from medication errors to surgical errors to hospital-acquired infections. Often, these mistakes can be avoided if staff members such as nurses, doctors and technicians would simply adhere to the standards they are taught.

Suing for damages is not about the compensation acquired as much as it is about accountability. Further, victims of hospital negligence actually deserve compensation in some form for their suffering.

If hospital negligence does occur, victims need solid advice from a legal professional with a full understanding of the medical industry. Our Bergen County-based attorneys at Breslin & Breslin have this understanding and can help you make important decisions about a potential malpractice suit. Visit our hospital negligence web pages to learn more about your legal options if you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice.