When a patient is admitted into the hospital, at some point, the patient and loved ones are relieved. They feel a sense of relief because doctors will finally come to a resolution and solve the medical problem or at least prescribe an effective treatment. The next step is recovery.
No one expects to experience hospital negligences. After visiting hours are over, and family and friends leave the hospital, you expect your loved one to be well taken cared of 24/7.
When you’re the patient, you expect medical staff to make your stay as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
When we visit a medical center or a hospital, we become reliant on the staff and its expertise to offer us safe treatment. It is incumbent upon a medical staff of support, while physicians may administer the healthcare, to implement the orders of the physicians, and offer assistance to patients throughout the course of care.
In a well-operated and clean health facility, every patient is entitled to receive good healthcare. At some medical centers, however, there is a system that is deleterious, where resulting errors can result in sustained injuries with the patient.
Systematic hospital error examples are the following: performing on a patient the wrong medical procedure; during admission, allowing pressure sores or bed sores to manifest; administration of incorrect medicines; offering the wrong food to patients; failing to safeguard patients from being harmed by staff or intruders; using broken or outdated equipment, like tables, beds, wheelchairs, et al.; and failing to adhere to orders of the physician.Neglecting Sound Medical Practice
Due to inappropriate hospital policy, in addition to errors, the negligence of orderlies, nurses and other staff members may contribute to or cause a sustained injury of the patient.
Individual staff failure examples, which typically parlays into catastrophic injury or fatality of the patient entails the following: improper drawing of blood; dropping of patients; failure to offer assistance during in and out of bed transfers; and pushing wheelchair-bound patients into elevator doors and walls.
Among the largest issues of safety, which medical centers have, is the prevention of patients falling.
A recent study indicates that patient falls result in nearly 85% of all inpatient catastrophes. Of these falls in the medical center, 30% are considered severe injuries.
These falls occur usually to negligence on the hospital’s part due to the following: lack of preparation for side-effects of medicines; for the patient, inadequate assistance devices; understaffed or inattentive medical team; and hospital patients who fall are likely to stay longer, and pay heftier medical expenses.
Medical costs at a total are 60% higher for individuals who suffer from a hospital fall, and it is expected that costs will extend to more than $55 billion.
The circumstances may seem unclear regarding an injury of a patient during hospitalization, but personal injury attorneys can still investigate the incident , and offer you answers surrounding your case.
Attorneys can collaborate with the risk manager of the medical center on some settlement, once there’s some clarity related to the details, or move on to a lawsuit against the healthcare facility and employee staff.