Negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and health care professionals in hospitals can result in patient injury and even death. Studies have shown that throughout the country, hospital errors result in approximately 200,000 deaths each year. Injury as a result of medical mistakes in hospitals can lead to future health concerns, additional hospital bills, and unnecessary emotional distress.
- Birth injury: This occurs when improper labor practices result in injury to a baby, sometimes leading to conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy
- Improper Diagnoses: A patient is treated for a disease he or she does not have or a disease goes untreated due to the failure by a doctor to recognize a threatening condition
- Surgical Errors: This includes negligence leading to infection, wrong site surgery or surgery on the wrong patient
Medication Errors: This can include over or under-medication, the administering of the wrong drug, or incorrect diagnoses
In the worst case, a hospital error leads to the death of a patient, causing grief and financial stress on the deceased’s family. In many of these cases, a wrongful death suit can be filed to seek damages for lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you feel that you or a family member has been a victim of a hospital error caused by medical negligence, contact a malpractice attorney immediately.