Hosptial Errors & Medical Malpractice
Negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and health-care professionals in hospitals can lead to patient injury and even death. Studies have shown that throughout the country hospital errors result in approximately 200,000 deaths every year. Injury as a result of a medical mistake in a hospital can lead to future health concerns, additional hospital bills and unnecessary emotional distress. There are a number of different errors that could possibly take place in a hospital. Some examples of hospital mistakes that could be malpractice include birth injuries occurring when improper labor practices result in injury to the baby, sometimes leading to conditions such as cerebral palsy. Medication errors can include over- or under-medication or the administration of the wrong drug or improper diagnosis. An improper diagnosis is when a patient is treated for a disease he or she doesn’t have or a disease goes untreated due to the failure of a doctor to recognize a threatening condition. Surgical errors include negligence leading to infection, wrong site surgery or surgery on the wrong patient. In the worst case, the hospital error can lead to the death of the patient causing intense and excessive grief and financial stress on the decedent’s family. In many of these cases, a wrongful death suit can be filed to seek damages for lost wages and pain and suffering. Millions of people a year put their trust in hospitals and health-care professionals to provide the health care they require. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and negligence on the part of hospital staff sometimes leads to patient injury or even death. If you feel that a family member or yourself has been a victim of a hospital error due to medical negligence, contact a malpractice attorney immediately to seek the justice you deserve.