Patients expect hospitals to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and care that promotes healing. But all too often, people who enter a hospital with one medical condition acquire another possibly serious condition because of hospital and /or caregiver negligence. Distinguishing between new, unavoidable medical conditions and those that can be prevented through responsible care requires a legal team with experience.
During a hospital stay, a patient typically receives care from many caregivers, including the attending physician, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals. Even when the medical professionals with primary responsibility for treatment perform flawlessly, negligent hospital practices can result in serious injury, illness and death.
A 2010 report by the Office of Inspector General found that in 2008 about 13.5 percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays. Surgical and other procedures appear to have led to 26 percent of these adverse events. Other causes included:
- Medication errors (31 percent)
- Ongoing patient care (28 percent)
- Infection (15 percent)
Communication errors between medical professionals, insufficient nursing staff levels or even simple cleanliness issues can lead to serious, even permanent conditions that could have been prevented but instead result in lifetime problems for patients and their families. These failings may be considered medical malpractice.
If you have been injured as the result of hospital negligence, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.