A recent research article published in The New York Times reflected that the latest information on tracking the hospital industry’s efforts to make their facilities safer for patients are falling short. A study performed from 2002-2007 found that harm to patients occurs commonly; and that the number of incidents did not decrease over time.
The most typical were complications from procedures, or drug and hospital acquired infections. A previous study found that medical errors cause as many as 98,000 deaths and greater than one million injuries a year in the United States. A report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies was the forefront for a national movement to address the issues of hazards to patient’s health while in the hospital. Some of the issues which were addressed were: severe bleeding during operative procedures, respiratory distress caused by incorrectly performing procedures, a fall that causes hip dislocation and nerve injury and even vaginal cuts caused by the vacuum device employed through child birthing.
This Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice injury attorney has learned of many such incidents and has in fact represented many victims and the families of victims who have suffered such injuries. Most recently, a 90 year old woman who was brought to a local Fort Lauderdale Hospital, with a history at her nursing facility of having fallen without explanation, was left unattended in the emergency room changing area after an examination. The unattended elderly patient fell, injuring her hip – which led to her early demise within weeks from complications thereof.
The problem continues to rise in our hospitals. Figures indicating some 18% of patients were harmed by medical care and that 63% of the injuries were judged to have been preventable. While governmental agency watchdogs can only do so much, it is this Weston personal injury attorney’s opinion that more good comes from the efforts of the victim’s personal injury claims against the Hospital and the fear of large jury awards against these hospitals than any letters of scorn from a governmental agency, or reports in news media.
The Schulman Law Group has been seriously involved in hospital injury and products liability cases for more than 30 years and regularly consults with experts throughout the nation to learn more about these very serious issues and how to properly represent victim’s rights to be properly compensated for these serious claims. The Schulman Law Group has a thorough understanding of these issues and how to effectively champion our clients’ rights through these complicated legal matters. Contact the Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys today for any questions concerning yours or a loved one’s issues regarding a failed medical procedure at a hospital, or a failed product by contacting us at 1-877-529-0444 or by email at email@example.com.