Doctors face pressure from multiple sides to get patients discharged quickly from hospitals. The HMOs striving to cut costs to the bone, the hospital administrators seeking to free up beds and the patients themselves and their family members who want them back at home.
If a hospital is negligent, you may have the option of suing for compensation. Hospitals are only places, but the administration is responsible for the many things that go on there. You may be able to sue the hospital administration for a number of reasons.
Average wait times, when looking for a doctor, can be enormous. In a lot of places, you could wait longer than two weeks - when stats from 15 large cities were combined, the average came in at 18.5 days. It can be even longer to see a specialist, with some people waiting about a month and a half.
When you go to the hospital, you expect that the hospital did its due diligence in determining the safety records and backgrounds of its doctors, nurses and other staff members. If you get hurt and then find out that the background check was never performed or that the doctor had a long history of errors, you would have every right to be angry and to seek a claim for the hospital's negligence.
It should go without saying that the elderly and vulnerable should be treated with compassion and respect, yet in some cases, they are not. Nursing home abuse is a serious concern for anyone placing a loved one in a nursing home. Around 3.2 million Americans live in nursing homes around the country, so many hundreds or thousands of people could be affected by abuse at any one time without the right precautions in place.
We place a great of trust in our medical care providers, so it is cause for alarm when someone we love suffers from an injury that modern medicine should make obsolete. If your parent went into a hospital for some form of treatment and developed bedsores, then you owe it to him or her and yourself to consider legal action.
In a shocking study, it's been shown that more medical malpractice claims are being made for finding patients dead in their beds, according to a Dec. 22 news report. The story states that these deaths often involve those who have recently undergone a successful surgery and were moved to a room on a general floor for recovery. These individuals were judged to have the lowest risk of complications, yet they were being discovered dead within hours of the operation.
If you're injured in a hospital or because of the negligence of a doctor, it's important to file a medical malpractice claim as soon as possible. If you don't, you could run into a situation like this one, where a man's time ran out to file and his claim is no longer valid.
If you're hurt because of a doctor's negligence, then the doctor didn't meet his or her duty of care requirements. If negligence or errors resulted in your injury, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and receive compensation for the suffering you've been put through.
According to the BMJ, medical error is the third most common cause of death in the United States. The BMJ estimates that as many as 251,000 died in 2013 from medical errors in the United States. Unfortunately, it's difficult to know for sure whether medical error is truly the third leading cause of death because medical error isn't recorded on most death certificates.