What are Preventable Medical Errors?
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, he or she must rely on the physicians at the facility to provide the appropriate medical interventions. Unfortunately, in some cases, medical and hospital mistakes that are completely preventable often lead to serious consequences for the patients involved.
Preventable medical errors may include:
- Misdiagnosis of a perceptible condition
- Failure to take additional tests in case of uncertainty
- Inappropriate communication between service providers
- Failure to follow procedures
- Incorrect record keeping
- Shortage of personnel
- Delay of intervention
Shocking Medical Errors Study Results
A 1999 study published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies called, “To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System,” found that up to 98,000 patients (and this is most likely an underestimate) die in hospitals each year as a direct result of a preventable adverse event caused by improper medical treatment.
Another study published in 2010 showed that 18 percent of patients in hospitals are injured during the course of their stay and many of those injuries are life-threatening and even be fatal. Preventable medical errors occur in one-third of hospital admissions.
This overwhelming evidence reminds us that the epidemic of hospital and medical mistakes is not a crisis of lawsuits, but rather it is one of medicine. Our failure as a society to address that crisis puts us all at risk.
This overwhelming evidence reminds us that the epidemic of hospital and medical mistakes is not a crisis of lawsuits, but rather it is one of medicine.
Preventable Medical Errors in Non-Hospital Settings
Preventable medical errors occur not only in hospitals but also in outpatient clinics, nursing homes and other non-hospital settings where health care workers care for patients who need more complex care.
Today, there is still no system in place to effectively track or prevent these deaths. Even more disturbing is the fact that preventable medical errors occur at the hands of those who are supposed to heal.
Medical Professionals Must be Held Responsible
When medical professionals fail in this and a serious injury or death occurs, they should be held responsible. Unfortunately, due to the current way that causes of death are reported, the entire scope of deaths related to medical errors is not even fully known.
Preventable medical errors are just that…preventable actions. They are a result of negligence and the repercussions can be deadly. Victims and their families can pursue a lawsuit to obtain justice after a preventable medical mistake results in a serious injury or death.
How We Can Help You
At Van Wey Law, we have the necessary experience to represent you in your preventable medical error lawsuit. We understand how devastating a preventable medical error can be on the victim, and in the case where a life is lost, the family of a victim.
We take the time to listen to your story, explain the process to you, walk with you throughout the process, gather all necessary details of your case, and we work tirelessly to represent your needs in negotiations or in trial.