Define a Hospital Adverse Event

August 2023

A hospital adverse event refers to any negative or unintended occurrence that happens to a patient from during their medical care or time spent in the hospital.  The event might be the result of system failures, medical errors or other causes that lead to patient injury or death.  Adverse events can encompass a wide range of scenarios including surgical complications, infections, medication errors, patient identification, poor training and improper use of technology.

An adverse event can encompass a wide range of unintended negative outcomes.  To differentiate, medical malpractice involves a legal component where negligence by the healthcare provider leads to injury or death.  Not all adverse events are medical malpractice, but instances of medical malpractice most likely involve an adverse event.

If you have been injured due to medical negligence, take the time to contact Herrick & Hart.  We have been on the side of the injured since 1951.