It may come as a shock to many people, but hospital errors are now considered to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to several medical studies that have examined hospital error statistics, over 250,000 deaths and over five million injuries occur each year in the United States as a direct result of hospital errors.
What is even more terrifying is the fact that most major health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) believe that only 10 percent of all hospital errors are officially reported.
If you believe that you have been a victim of a medical error while you were in the hospital, you are encouraged to speak with a qualified medical negligence attorney.
The Most Common Types of Hospital Errors
Everyone has heard about the horror stories of a hospital performing the wrong operation on a person or body part or leaving an item inside someone during surgery. Thankfully, these types of medical negligence events are very uncommon.
The more common medical errors that happen in a hospital setting include the following:
- Anesthesiology Errors. Errors associated with anesthesiology are one of the leading causes of medical negligence in a hospital.
- Infections. A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that 1 out of 25 hospital patients will get an infection from an outside source while in hospital care.
- Blood Transfusions. A study released in 2011 shows that over 60 percent of blood transfusions were unnecessary or performed improperly. Blood transfusions can lead to a higher risk of infection and disease.
- Birth Injuries. Birth injuries related to any injury sustained to the infant or mother during and immediately after delivery. These injuries can cause life-long challenges for the infant or mother.
- Emergency Room Errors. Emergency rooms are often very chaotic places. With so many people coming in and out and so many different medical personnel treating the patients, it is not unusual for errors to occur.
- Medication Errors. There are several ways that a hospital can have a medication error. Dispensing the wrong prescription or wrong dosage, using recalled or expired medications, or giving medications to a patient with known allergies are just a few of the errors that can occur.
There are additional types of medical errors that can occur within a hospital setting. If you believe that you have been harmed while receiving medical care in a hospital, you are encouraged to speak with a medical malpractice attorney about your case.
Can You Sue A Hospital For A Medical Error?
If you have been harmed while in the care of a hospital, you have the right to sue for compensation. For a successful medical malpractice claim, your attorney will have to show that the following has occurred:
- That there was a Duty of Care
- That the Duty of Care has been breached
- That the breach in care is the direct cause of your injury
- Your injury has caused you financial harm
When you enter a hospital for care, and they accept you as a patient, a Duty of Care if formed. If the medical care you receive deviates from the accepted standards of care, a breach has been formed. If you are injured, the breach has caused harm. If you need medical care to correct the injury, miss work, or have to spend money to accommodate your injury, the injury has caused you financial harm.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for Hospital Negligence?
When you have been injured by a hospital error, you are entitled to receive compensation for your financial losses. There are several forms of compensation that are available. Based on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of compensation:
- Medical Expenses. All medical costs associated with treating the injury will be part of your compensation. If you need future care or continued care for your injury, your attorney will make sure these expenses are included in the total.
- Lost Income and Benefits. All income that you have lost from missing work, including any employer-paid benefits that you did not receive, will be part of any compensation package that you receive.
- Future Earnings. If your injury prevents you from returning to work, or if you can only return at a limited capacity, your attorney will include any future earnings in your claim.
- Other Expenses. If your injury causes you to make changes to your vehicle or home to accommodate your injury, your lawyer may seek compensation for these expenses.
- Pain and Suffering. This type of compensation is based on the facts of your case. All pain and suffering awards will be different. Your attorney will explain how the amount is determined based on your case.
Other forms of compensation may also be available to you. Your attorney will review all of the types of compensation that you will be entitled to during one of your consultations. Your attorney will also explain in detail how the amounts for each type of compensation have been reached to create the total compensation package.
Consult With A Hospital Malpractice Attorney About Your Injury
Medical negligence has become the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year trusting patients are injured while receiving the medical care they needed. If you or a loved one are one of the victims of hospital negligence, it is in your best interest to speak with a medical negligence attorney.
Hiring an attorney will protect your rights as a medical malpractice victim. Your lawyer will manage your case to ensure that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to under the law, including medical care for your injuries.
Your lawyer will also handle the negotiations with the insurer for your compensation package. Your lawyer will make sure that all types of compensation available to you are included as part of your compensation.
There is no reason to wait to contact an attorney about your case. Have your questions answered now and call us today for a free consultation with South Florida’s most trusted hospital negligence lawyer.