We have all heard a similar joke, even from health care providers, that the last place you want to be if you are sick is the hospital.
Hospitals are dangerous places. In addition to infections, there are many other dangers of injury and death posed by hospitals that are preventable. An independent agency has determined that nearly a hundred thousand people die each year because of medical error in hospitals. These cases can arise from such mistakes as the improper administration of medication. Injuries in hosptials also arise from other human errors such as cutting on the wrong side of the body, or leaving surgical instruments such as sponges in a patient after an operation. Most of the deaths and injuries caused by human error in hospitals probably goes unreported and unaddressed. Only when the patient is catastrophically injured are families of the victim likely to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out what their rights are. Despite the staggering amount of risk posed to patients, hospitals have been slow to adopt measures to prevent medical errors that injure patients. In that sense, medical malpractice litigation has a goal, as a second goal after that of compensating the injured person, of increasing the pressure on hospitals and the medical community to improve patient safety. These types of claims can be a strong incentive for hospitals to change.
If you or a loved one has been hurt through medical negligence inside or outside of the hospital, please consider calling an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice. Our firm has handled numerous cases of human error in the hospital setting. Particularly when a catastrophic and permanent injury has occurred, it is critical to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. As with other kinds of injury cases, the client does not owe us anything for our time unless and until we obtain a recovery for that person. In this way, your injury law firm has to make sure that the case is really one that is worth pursuing. This takes time and money. The sooner you contact us, the easier it will be for us to get a successful result for you. It never hurts to ask a question. I hope you will consider calling us if you have any questions in this area of medical negligence.