Not only are hospitals responsible for hiring experienced and skilled doctors and nurses so that patients receive proper care at all times, but these hospitals are also responsible for the actions of each medical professional they employ. When a patient has suffered harm due to a medical professional’s negligence or mistake, it may be possible for them to hold the hospital partly, or even entirely, responsible for the malpractice in question.
There are a number of different actions that could potentially cause harm to a patient, from not seeing a patient quickly enough to actually making a mistake during an operation or other course of treatment. Hospitals claim they exist to serve the needs of patients and therefore do everything they can to keep patients safe. However, due to the shocking number of medical mistakes that occur each year in the U.S., there seem to be instances in which patient safety becomes a second priority. Unfortunately, when hospital staff and administrators do not keep their hospitals well organized or doctors and nurses make careless mistakes, innocent lives could be at risk.
Prevalence of Serious Hospital Mistakes
According to recent statistics, an estimated 15 million incidents of preventable medical errors occur in hospitals every year. These errors result in nearly 98,000 fatalities annually across the United States. In fact, medical errors are responsible for killing more people annually than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and pneumonia combined. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to hospital negligence, consider speaking with a medical malpractice lawyer about the legal options that may be available to you.
There are a number of different examples of hospital negligence that could lead to an injury or fatality. Some of the most common of these include:
- Understaffed hospitals and emergency rooms. Many hospitals try to cut costs and do not hire enough doctors or nurses to work in the emergency room. Without a sufficient amount of workers, many patients suffer due to delayed treatment.
- Doctors and nurses who are overworked without adequate rest. Without enough doctors and nurses on staff, many medical professionals are stuck working long hours that can affect their performance.
- Mistakes with charts and records. A patient’s charts and records are extremely important. Unfortunately, many hospital workers make mistakes when filing these medical records. This can lead to delayed treatment or administering the wrong treatment to a patient.
- Insufficient amount of basic medical equipment for doctors and nurses to use for treatment. This can lead to delayed or even denied treatment.
Can I Sue a Hospital for Negligence?
If you have been the victim of a medical mistake, you are likely facing a number of difficulties as you try and recover. Fortunately, there are legal professionals available who can help you pursue the financial compensation you need at this time, contact us today and get help from one of our hospital negligence lawyers.