They’re called “never events” and they are some of the scariest things that can happen in a hospital. Patients lose the wrong limb in surgery, air bubbles in IV catheters that cause strokes, scissors left in people’s bodies during surgery.
While that does happen, the reality is that medical errors are usually not the things we hear about on a daily basis, but they kill more than 250,000 people each year in the United States.
If you need a North Shore Medical Center accident lawyer, the attorneys at the Dante Law Firm know how to help. We will fight for you if a medical professional’s carelessness has harmed you.
If you are the victim of a healthcare professional’s negligence, you may wonder why it happened to you. Unfortunately, the answer to that may lay with your income or insurance level. While everyone deserves the same high level of medical care, especially in an emergency situation, often those who are underinsured or uninsured don’t get fair treatment. Those with a low income are often discharged early, or worse, not even seen by a doctor. When this happens, a misdiagnosis could lead to a patient’s condition worsening.
Hospitals are also notorious for how rapidly infections can spread from patient to patient or because of negligent medical care. If healthcare professionals do not wash their hands properly between patients, they could spread infections. Also, if IV sites or fresh surgical sites are not properly checked on and cleaned, patients can develop life-threatening infections.
The average patient experiences one drug mistake in the hospital every day. How is that possible? Medication mix ups, whether receiving the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, can lead to serious complications for the patient. Also, patients are sometimes given two or more medications that interact negatively with one another, a problem that could be avoided if someone was paying the right amount of attention.
A major problem for hospitals are patients falling and injuring themselves further. For patients who are a fall risk, staff should be notified and there should be an alarm that sounds if the patient tries to get up. If these procedures are not in place, broken bones and head trauma can occur in patients.
You went to the hospital to get help, but instead, your condition was worsened because of a careless healthcare professional. This can be an emotionally trying time for you and your family. Do you know your next steps?
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The Dante Law Firm takes medical malpractice seriously. While we recognize that most doctors and nurses perform their jobs admirably, we know that there are times when they make careless mistakes. They should be held accountable for their negligence. If you need a North Shore Medical Center accident attorney, our team is ready to help. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526 for a free consultation.