Rockville Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Hospital Errors

When a patient suffers injury at the hands of a healthcare professional – because of error, negligence, or some other form of medical malpractice – the doctor and the hospital in which the patient received their care can potentially be held responsible for the victim’s injuries. Hospitals have a duty to keep patients safe and serve their needs, but too many times, patients become vulnerable to harm because the hospital fails to adhere to important safety protocols e.g. infections.medical malpractice

If you or one of your loved ones has been injured or had an injury or illness aggravated because of a hospital error, our experienced Rockville medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick can help you understand your rights and legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Hospital Error Statistics

According to a study performed by the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), one out of every seven elderly patients have been affected by errors or negligence during a hospital stay. Additionally:

  • Around 180,000 deaths are caused by hospital errors annually, many from infection.
  • Over 13% of all Medicare patients – totaling 135,000 individuals – suffer adverse effects during a hospital stay from infections, surgical errors, or a drastic decrease in blood sugar levels.
  • Around 1.5% of Medicare patients experienced an adverse event during their hospital stay that contributed to their deaths. This amounts to 15,000 patients in one month.
  • Doctor reviewers determined that 44% harm or injury suffered at a hospital was preventable.
  • Hospital-acquired infections were by far the biggest and most preventable problem faced in hospitals, linked to substandard care and lack of patient monitoring.

Even more unsettling than these statistics is the fact that patients currently have no way of knowing whether or not their hospital is actively trying to prevent errors from happening, or what their track record has been in the past.

Causes of Hospital Errors

When problems occur, hospital employees and executives often use phrases like “unfortunate, but unavoidable” to absolve themselves of liability. However, research shows that the vast majority of hospital errors are indeed avoidable, and – even more frustrating – the same types of mistakes happen over and over again.

Hospital errors are most commonly rooted in:

  • Failure to accurately diagnose patient’s condition
  • Failure to take a proper medical history
  • Failure to adhere to safety protocols
  • Failure to wash hands between patients
  • Failure to properly sanitize instruments
  • Failure to report changes in  or adequately monitor a patient’s condition

In many cases, hospitals do not provide on-staff doctors and nurses with the resources they need to effectively manage and treat their patients. Thanks to insufficient training, resources, and supervision, hospital employees are put in a position to fail when it comes to observing the basic standards of medical care. This unfortunate situation is too often the direct result of hospitals trying to cut corners in order to increase profits for the corporations that own the medical facility.

Consequences of Hospital Errors

Hospital patients already have an injury or illness they are seeking treatment for. When hospital errors cause that condition to worsen – or introduce an entirely new problem on top of it – the consequences can be severe, leading to permanent injury or even wrongful death.

Depending on the circumstances of each case, victims of hospital negligence can pursue compensation for the following losses:

  • Medical bills (past and future)
  • Lost income
  • Loss of ability to work or earn
  • Loss of ability to function
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of support and companionship in the case of a death of loved one

Contact An Experienced Rockville Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has died because of a hospital error, please contact the Law Offices of Rockville Medical Malpractice Lawyer Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorneys.

We represent medical malpractice victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.