An ambulance, friend or relative may rush you to the nearest possible hospital for treatment if you experience a medical emergency. The attention you receive, however, may fall below the standard duty of care if the facility has poorly maintained resources or staff-related issues. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created a hospital rating system so patients can review a medical facility before scheduling a non-emergency procedure. As reported by the Tribune Chronicle, you may research and choose which Ohio hospital will best meet your elective medical needs based on a one-to-five star rating system. 

Relying on a lower-rated hospital for emergency care

You may not have the time or ability to conduct a hospital review if you sustain a serious injury or experience a major medical issue such as a heart attack. Under these circumstances, you may need to rely upon the closest facility to provide you with the immediate lifesaving treatment you require. Even if that hospital has a one-star rating, however, its staff must provide you with the highest quality of care. 

Physicians, nurses and medical staff owe a duty to their patients. Falling below certain basic standards may cause harm. An insufficiently cleaned facility, for example, may result in an infection. A less-than-accurate record-keeping system may lead to a nurse administering an incorrect and potentially harmful prescription. Performing surgery on the wrong body part may result in debilitating injuries. 

Filing a legal action for substandard treatment

Medical malpractice may occur as a result of staff negligence or a mistake or mishap. An error made during an emergency may nonetheless require a remedy and relief. You may file a legal action against a hospital and its doctors or staff if their poor judgment or inadequate care caused you harm.