The number of mistakes occurring in hospitals is quite shocking. In fact, a new study has shown that medical errors are considered the third leading cause of death in the country, and these errors result in approximately 250,000 deaths every year.
Because of gaps in hospital reporting requirements, these numbers could actually be much higher.
There are some hospital errors that fall under the umbrella called “never events”. These things include situations like leaving something inside a patient after a surgical procedure, operating on the wrong patient, or on the wrong part of the body of a patient.
Some of the most common medical mistakes include:
It has been concluded by Health Affairs that one in every three patients who are in a hospital will experience some type of adverse event. This is quite an alarming statistic when you consider that most of these events are able to be prevented.
Cases of medical malpractice, which is also called medical negligence, occur when an anesthesiologist, nurse, doctor or physician doesn’t meet the accepted standard of care, which results in harm to a patient. This may include misdiagnosis, mistakes in the emergency room, medication errors, anesthesiology mistakes, surgical errors and other incidents. These actions may result in serious spinal cord or brain injuries and may even cause death. There are three key factors to prove medical negligence has occurred, which include:
If you are facing a situation where you believe you or someone you love has suffered medical malpractice, you should hire an attorney to make sure you get the information and protection you need. To learn more about medical negligence and your rights, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Badgley Law Group by calling 407-781-0420.