Hospitals, by law, are required to adhere to safety regulations and health care standards. They owe a duty to every patient to exercise reasonable care and maintain well-thought-out, airtight policies and procedures. However, hospitals often fall well short of this expectation.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician’s assistants, technicians, as well as administrative personnel, who are employed by hospitals, can all display acts of hospital negligence. In most cases, the negligence is an honest accident, but a mistake nonetheless.
When these mistakes lead to pain and suffering, the medical malpractice team at the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates can step in to advocate on behalf of the patient.
What is truly frightening is the fact that hospital errors are more common than many might think. In fact, according to The Journal of Patient Safety, somewhere between 210,000 and possibly even more than 440,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital errors. These deaths stem from all types of issues, such as:
- Allowing unqualified or under-qualified health care providers to administer care and treatment in facilities
- Inadequate supervision or treatment
- Failing to monitor patients
- Prescription errors
- Failing to perform appropriate diagnostic tests
- Failing to interpret test results correctly
- Failing to use equipment properly
- Failing to recognize significant signs and symptoms of diseases
- Failing to establish proper policies and procedures
While some may be hesitant to take legal action after a medical error, we firmly believe that a patient should not need to pay – financially or medically – for poor oversight or any other issue that leads to a medical mistake.