Hamilton, MT asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Nebraska

Q: If a sentinel event occurs, is the hospital liable for long-term damages?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Not sure what you mean by a "sentinel event"as it can mean many things.But it sounds like you mean an error that cause a damage, possibly longterm. Short answer is if it was due to carelessness, yes, but.....legislatures are very protective of the medical profession so medical carelessness cases are very hard to prove. However members of the Nebraska Trial Lawyers Assn/Assn for Justice--give free consultations so you/your family can get advice. Suggest you get one.However don't discuss this on any social media, don't give us more details--insurance companies read these sites,look at facebook (trust me, they get in), other media. And don't make it look like you are questioning what happened directly--then other doctors will be worried about being "dragged into a lawsuit." Closed mouth, open ears, you learn more. Think Columbo"gee, I 'm not understanding why......."

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