How Dangerous Are Hospitals?

How Dangerous Are Hospitals?

Going to the hospital is not something that most people want to do. Whether you are going because of something that has happened to you or something that is going on with a loved one, you expect the hospital staff to do everything they can to make sure you get better.

What you do not expect is for them to make a mistake and hurt you further.

Unfortunately, we know that medical mistakes happen often, much more often than most people realize. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we are here to help you through the aftermath of a healthcare professional’s negligence. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will sit with you and get to know all the details of your case so we can get the compensation you deserve for what you have been through. When you need a Philadelphia hospital negligence attorney, call us today.

What Can Happen

This story from Psychology Today shows us many ways in which people can be hurt or killed due to the negligence of hospital staff. The article highlights many of the things we have been saying. We already know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, killing an estimated 250,000 people each year.

Today, we will look at some of those causes of death:

Overcrowding and Misdiagnosis: Researchers at Johns Hopkins well us that a misdiagnosis can cause the most patient harm. A misdiagnosis often occurs when a hospital is understaffed or overcrowded and can lead to delayed treatment of a major illness.

Unnecessary Treatment or Tests: There are times when doctors and surgeons perform procedures that are unnecessary in the first place. Anytime a person undergoes a medical procedure, they are exposed to risk.

Surgical Errors: Yes, the dreaded “never events” do occur (wrong patient, wrong site, wrong surgery), but there are many other surgical errors that occur that are not as dramatic but just a dangerous.

Medicine Mistakes: Amazingly, more than 60% of hospital patients miss their regular medication. Medication errors are a major problem for all patients and are almost always the result of lack of attention from healthcare professionals.

Infections: One in three people who die in the hospital have sepsis at the time of death. The CDC tells us that 1.7 million people acquire infections in the hospital annually.

What You Can Do Now

Please do not put off seeking an attorney if you or a loved one have been harmed due to the careless or reckless behavior of a medical professional. At the Weitz Firm, we want you to know that there is usually a statute of limitations placed on these types of injuries. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240. We will work tirelessly to secure the following:

  • Medical expense coverage
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

When you speak to one of our Philadelphia hospital negligence attorneys, you can be sure your interests are what we care about. We do not think that the negligence of another person or group of people should mean you are put into financial jeopardy.



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