Hospitals: Not Always a "Safe Place"

When you go to the hospital, you expect that you’ll get better….not worse, and you especially don’t think that you’ll die. Sadly, though, preventable hospital deaths do happen In fact, a recent study from the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that over 400,000 preventable hospital deaths happen to patients each year. 

Sometimes, these deaths are the result of complications or medical errors made by the staff. Sometimes, patients simply get the wrong care, often as a result of a wrong diagnosis. Other common reasons for death or other problems in hospitals include: 

·         Errors of Commission, i.e. the wrong medical action is taken or the correct medical action is performed improperly.

·         Errors of Communication, i.e. miscommunication occurs from doctor to doctor or from doctor to patient, resulting in harm or death.

·         Diagnostic Errors, which may result in incorrect treatment, no treatment, or delayed treatment

And these aren’t the only complications that can occur either. Many other problems can happen as a result of wrong decisions or other mistakes made by hospitals. Possible complications include: 

·         Infections

·         Organ injury during operation

·         Unreported medical mistakes, leading to problems for the patient

With so much going wrong and with things going wrong so frequently, it’s easy to see that hospitals, unfortunately, can’t always be trusted. For this reason, patients need to be fully aware of their rights and of the risks associated with going to the hospital. That way, if their rights are violated or if something goes wrong, they will know to report it. 

If you think that you may have a case of hospital negligence or wrong doing on your hands, whether the incident resulted in death or not, be sure to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to learn about the options that are available to you.