As we get older, it is common to suffer a few health problems. Our bodies are ageing, and with ageing comes complications. If you break a bone at the age of 9, it will heal quicker than if you break the same bone at age 79. It is just natural. Bones deteriorate and our organs take longer than usual to pass what they need to pass. However, the human body is studied continuously and new medicines are created to help with the ailments of ageing. One of those medicines is blood thinners. At the right dosage, blood thinners can be a blessing for those who need it. However, if blood thinners are not monitored, then it can turn into a tragic event.
Our Philadelphia blood thinner malpractice lawyers at the Weitz Firm know all too well the horror stories of victims who suffered from blood thinner abuse. Doctors and medical staff juggle a lot of patients, but that is no excuse. No one should be injured or die from taking such a common medication. If that is the case, then the medical facility deserves to be penalized and sued for their negligent behaviour. In fact, blood thinner errors happen so much that our firm has a specialized dedication to blood thinner malpractice.
It is very rare that doctors will be criminalized for medical errors. Unless investigators find malice in medical practitioners behaviour, the medical staff are not personally sued. Hospitals and their staff, such as administrators and doctors, all have malpractice insurance. Surgeons can pay up to $40,000 a year in malpractice insurance. They do this because they know that errors are inevitable. They know that when mistakes are made, it can lead to tragic events. The insurance helps to cover the expenses of the injury. It also helps to hold doctors accountable without resulting in doctors losing their jobs.
For example, St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia underwent an investigation for five deaths that occurred in their facility. Three of the five were ruled to be natural causes. The other two deaths were caused by a medication error, specifically, blood thinner error. Each patient, 74-year-old and 89-year-old, men were the victims of lab result errors. The doctors were not paying close enough attention to their blood work. Each of the patients was given blood thinners. You have to watch this kind of medication or else it can cause severe issues or even death. In this case, the two men lost their lives due to the error.
If you or someone you love is suffering because of blood thinner errors, then you deserve to get the best legal assistance. You need to hold hospitals and staff accountable. We understand that patients are increasing every day, but that does not mean that people shouldn’t be double-checking charts and lab work. Call 267-587-6240 or click here to start a free consultation with our professional attorneys at The Weitz Firm in Philadelphia today.