Most people do not want to go to the hospital, but it is sometimes necessary. When we do have to go, we trust the healthcare professions there to treat us with a high standard of medical care. The last thing we expect is for doctors or nurses to make our condition worse.
When a healthcare professional’s negligence causes a person harm, it can sometimes be hard to detect. After all, most people who go to the hospital are already injured or ill. That does not mean that errors made by doctors and nurses should go unaccounted for.
If you need a Drexel Hill hospital negligence attorney, you can turn to the Weitz Firm for help. We will work with you to secure the compensation you deserve.
We now know that hospitals may not be as safe as you previously thought. Studies have estimated that more than 250,000 people die in the US each year due to medical mistakes.
Overcrowding and Misdiagnosis: When you go to the ER, often the wait time is tremendous and it is overcrowded. Hospitals are busy places, but that does not mean that doctors and nurses should rush their treatment. If they do, they are more likely to skip tests or miss the signs and symptoms necessary for a good diagnosis. Misdiagnosing a patient can be deadly. Johns Hopkins researchers have found that, out of all medical mistakes, diagnostic errors contribute to the most patient harm.
Uninsured and Underinsured: Though hospitals are generally required to provide a high standard of care to all people in emergency cases, sometimes this is not the case for those who are underinsured or uninsured. This can lead to treatment below an acceptable level. Unfortunately, this often hurts those with low incomes more than anyone else.
Surgical Errors: We have all heard of the “never events” that can happen in surgery: operating on the wrong body part, the wrong person, etc., but there are many more common surgical mistakes that can be deadly. Surgeons that operate after working long hours are more likely to make mistakes.
Medicine Mistakes: Giving the wrong medication to a patient is common, as is giving them the wrong dosage of the correct medication. Both scenarios can lead to the patient becoming more ill or even kill them.
Infections: 1 out of every 25 people in the hospital get an infection while they are there. If healthcare professionals do not properly wash themselves or sanitize their areas, people can get hurt. One in three people who die in the hospital have sepsis.
We know you did not expect your situation to get worse when you went to the hospital, but there are times when medical professionals make mistakes. We do not think their negligence should mean that you have to suffer financially. When you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Drexel Hill, the Weitz Firm is ready to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.