It’s disheartening to know that all across Texas and the United States, hospital errors and medical mistakes occur everyday because of bad medical care. In fact, a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine revealed that every year, hospital mistakes kill more people than AIDS, cancer and car crashes. A range of patient injuries can result from errors that occur in a hospital by physicians, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Injury caused by hospital mistakes can lead to additional medical bills, future health problems, unwarranted emotional stress and even death. Our hospital mistake lawyer can help.
Our hospital error malpractice lawyers have seen it all. Some of the most common medical and nursing mistakes and errors include the following.
Birth injuries are often a common result of hospital errors. Birth injuries typically occur during the labor and delivery process, or, in some cases, post-delivery. Birth injuries can range from mild and temporary conditions such as cranial bruising to severe and permanent disorders such as cerebral palsy. These birth injury mistakes or hospital errors occur, often times, because nurses fail to recognize signs of fetal distress or shoulder dystocia.
There is a shortage of good nurses in this country. As a result, nurses are over worked and under-trained. Nursing malpractice and nurse errors cause significant patient injuries in hospitals. The most common types of nursing malpractice claims include:
Out of all the hospital errors that can occur, those that happen in the emergency room and intensive care unit are usually the most severe. Unfortunately, these particular departments also have some of the highest rates of hospital mistakes. While many types of errors occur in these areas, the most common include misdiagnosis, IV errors, infection and medication errors.
Infection and sepsis is one of the most common consequences of a hospital error. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million patients contract infections in medical facilities each year. Nearly 100,000 of those patients die because of infections and diseases caused by hospital mistakes or negligence.
Hospital errors involving prescription drugs are a huge problem in thousands of medical facilities. The Institute for Medicine Management showed that medication errors account for at least 7,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. These errors often occur in circumstances such as a doctor prescribing the wrong dose or type of medication, hospital nurses giving a patient someone else’s medicine, or giving a patient medication at the wrong interval.
Surgical errors can result in dire consequences for a patient. Poor planning prior to an operation, lack of hygienic procedures, failure to monitor, or insufficient communication between healthcare staff and patients, inadequate surgical practices, and various other factors can all lead or contribute to surgical mistakes.
Hospital mistakes can result in serious injury or death, inflicting grief and financial stress on the patient’s family. If you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of a mistake caused by medical malpractice, contact our hospital mistake lawyer immediately for a free evaluation.
If you or a loved one has suffered any damages as a result of a hospital or nursing mistake or error, please contact the Dallas based Rasansky Law Firm to learn about your rights and legal options regarding your medical malpractice claim.
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