In the state of New York, hospitals are required by law to release information on infections contracted by patients to the public. This mandate has created greater transparency in the medical field, yet it has also allowed the people of New York more opportunities to bring legal recourse against the healthcare system. The sad fact of the matter is that hospital errors are still far too common around the country, and even hospitals that routinely pass health inspections and score high marks for sanity and safety are not above making mistakes.
If you or someone you know has recently suffered an injury due to a hospital error, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at the firm of Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. for more information, and begin holding the New York medical establishment accountable for their mistakes.
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Common Types of Hospital Errors
Hospital errors can encompass any number of mistakes that occur in medical facilities. In essence, anything that goes wrong in a hospital due to human error may be grounds to file an injury claim, assuming it results in some amount of pain and suffering on your behalf.
Consider hiring a lawyer if you have experienced hospital errors including:
- Anesthesia Errors: The administering of medication which allows procedures to be performed on patients without them feeling anything, there are numerous problems that can arise from anesthesia mistakes. When an anesthesiologist under-medicates a patient, that patient can experience excruciating pain. Conversely, over-medicating can result in sickness, breathing problems, or even death. Leaving a patient unattended while they are unconscious, failure to supply enough oxygen, and intubation errors can also result in serious consequences for patients being anesthetized.
- E.R. Errors: In the Emergency Room, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong. From poorly maintained facilities, to a failure to act quickly enough and keep track of patients, to understaffing or staff that is not properly trained, emergency rooms are among the places in hospitals where the highest amount or errors occur.
- Infection Errors: As mentioned above, the state of New York requires hospitals to alert the public when infections happen. This by no means has eliminated infections as a problem, however. Infections are still common in emergency rooms, and in other areas of the hospital that aren’t properly sanitized. Moreover, a hospital can be held liable if a patient comes in with an infection, and staff fails to stop it from spreading despite evidence to suggest the likelihood of this happening.
- Medication Errors: Another common emergency room mistake, receiving the wrong medication can have a devastating affect on patients. While medication that is faulty to begin with would pertain more to a product liability suit, when healthcare professionals prescribe the wrong medication, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim. The first thing to do is to hire a professional to help you determine whether you received a defective drug, or whether the hospital failed in their prescription duties.
- Record-Keeping Errors: Poor record-keeping can result in patients’ charts getting mixed up, or in them not receiving treatment as soon as they need to. In the worst cases, this type of error can lead to patients receiving either the wrong medication, or no medication at all when they desperately need it. In some instances, patients have even gone unnecessary surgeries due to hospitals’ poor-record-keeping.
- Surgical Errors: There are a range of surgical mistakes that can occur when healthcare professionals are not careful, from the wrong areas being operated on to equipment being left inside someone’s body. These errors oftentimes not only fail to correct the issue the individual in question was receiving surgery for, but can result in serious injury to the body and brain, and in some cases, even death.
- Radiology Errors: Although modern radiology technology allows those in the medical field to diagnose issues quicker and more efficiently, CT and CAT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, and digital x-rays are only as effective as the technicians who are administering them. Radiology errors can lead to misdiagnosis, or even a failure to diagnose, thereby preventing people from getting proper treatment and even costing some patients their life. Brain injuries, tumors, types of cancers, and signs of strokes are all issues which a skilled radiology professional should be able to detect. When a radiologist misses one of these illnesses, you are entitled to seek compensation with a lawyer.
- Neglect: Unlike other hospital errors, which revolve around improper care, neglect revolves around an absence of care entirely. Patients who are left unattended for long periods of time can develop infections, as well as skin, bone, and muscle problems. One of the most common signs of neglect is bedsores, which are pressure ulcers that form after patients are left unattended for long periods of time. Hospitals have a right to make sure patients receive treatment in a timely manner, and when they fail to do this, it may be possible to file a suit alleging neglect.
Who Can I File a Hospital Error Claim Against?
Because there are a wide range of personnel who work in hospitals, all providing a wide range or care, it may be possible to name multiple healthcare professionals in a hospital error suit. In cases where multiple parties are responsible, it may also be possible to sue a hospital across the board.
Individuals commonly named in hospital error suits include:
- Other hospital staff
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When hospital errors occur, patients often end up with additional health problems for years to come. In other cases, their initial problems either do not go away, or become even worse. This can result in a cycle of additional hospital visits, medication, insurance expenses, and other medical costs. It’s a tragic reality, and one which no one should have to face alone.
From hospital errors to wrongful death to medical malpractice cases, Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. are ready and willing to take the responsible parties to court. With a long history of securing favorable results for our clients, we have the skills, resources, and experience you need for your case. Healthcare professionals are among the individuals we trust the most with our well-being, and should never be the cause of unnecessary pain and suffering. Hire a New York City hospital errors attorney today, and take the first step on the road to recovery.
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