Hospital malpractice can occur when the care a patient received does not meet a reasonable standard of care, and unfortunately it can occur more often than most patients suspect. As patients, one would think that their hospital would be one of the safest places to receive treatment, yet statistics show this may be where you are the most vulnerable for added injury. A 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that during a hospital stay adverse events such medical mistakes, hospital contracted infections and other substandard care contributes to the death of 180,000 hospital patients each year.
Hospital malpractice can take many forms and occur across many different medical situations. Examples of hospital malpractice include but are not limited to:
- ● surgical errors
- ● medication or pharmaceutical errors
- ● infection not related to a patient’s initial issue
- ● bedsores or pressure sores
- ● misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- ● birth injury
Hospital Malpractice May Be More Prevalent Than You Think
In a study conducted by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, it was found that medical errors, which can include hospital malpractice, affects one in three hospital admissions. This means that a patient has a 33% risk of suffering an injury as a result of a medical error rather than from their underlying condition. It is obviously not the goal of hospitals to provide substandard care to its patients, yet many factors such as fragmented processes, unreliable equipment, and poor communication can lead to harmful medical errors.
Why Pursue a Hospital Malpractice or Medical Malpractice Claim?
While hospital personnel such as doctors, nurses, radiologists, and other specialists are trained extensively to provide you with the utmost care, when mistakes occur they can be devastating and have long lasting effects. A hospital malpractice claim may be able to help you recover payments to help reimburse you for the harms you have suffered, including:
- ● past and future medical expenses
- ● lost wages and/or future earnings
- ● pain and suffering
Many people also pursue a hospital malpractice claim in an effort to help make sure the adverse event, or malpractice, is not repeated at this same hospital. In a study conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians it was found overall patient safety improves when injured patients can hold negligent healthcare providers accountable.
Don’t Miss Your Filing Deadline!
Time is of the essence when pursuing a hospital malpractice or medical malpractice claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in medical malpractice cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.
How to Request a Free Evaluation of Your Claim Today.
If you believe you may have a potential hospital malpractice claim, The Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help. You can request a free case consultation today by calling us at 877-769-5377 or by submitting the free case consultation request form on this page.
Here is important information you should know about us:
● We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.
● We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.
● We offer free consultations.
● We never require any retainer fee.
● We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.
● We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.
● We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.
● We accept cases anywhere in Indiana.
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