Tallahassee Hospital Errors Attorney | Medical Malpractice
Medical errors made in hospitals are one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in the United States each year. Hospital errors can include anything from misdiagnosis, prescribing or administering the wrong or incorrect type/amount of medication, making a surgical error, and more. In fact, a study published by the Journal of Patient Safety found that 210,000 to 440,000 patients each year are victims of preventable harm in a hospital contributing to their death. While not all hospital errors result in death, even the smallest error can have severe repercussions for the affected individual.
Hospital errors can be extremely traumatic for a patient and family members to endure, often causing long-term ill effects or disabilities. Additionally, hospital errors can be emotionally trying and often require extensive and expensive medical treatment to remedy.
If you’re the victim of a hospital error, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering.
Types and Causes of Hospital Errors
Hospitals make a variety of errors each year. The most common types of hospital errors in the U.S. each year are:
- misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis;
- childbirth injuries, either during pregnancy or delivery, such as injuries stemming from poor management of shoulder dystocia;
- medication errors, such as prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong amount;
- anesthesia errors such as giving too much or too little anesthesia to the patient; and
- surgical errors like performing surgery on the wrong person, the wrong body part or leaving a surgical instrument within the body.
In addition to the types of hospital errors listed above, hospital-acquired infections are a common problem. Preventable medical errors might be the result of a lack of communication among staff members, nurse and doctor workload, hospital policies or procedures that are ineffective or not adhered to, fatigue, and/or stress. Victims of medical negligence must establish negligence on the part of hospital staff to hold the hospital liable for injuries.
Take Action Now
If you’ve been the victim of a hospital error, there are steps that you can take to recover compensation. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice suit is four years. While this seems like a long time to some people, it is imperative that you take action immediately to get started and preserve evidence.
If you have sustained damages due to the negligence of a hospital policy or a hospital staff member, you deserve to be compensated for your pain, suffering, and financial losses. An attorney can better explain the process of proving negligence, what types of compensation you may be eligible to recover and the claims filing process.
Don’t hesitate to call an attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks in Tallahassee can help you get started on your claim and walk you through the filing process. Call us today at 850-224-3310 to set up your free initial consultation.