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Hospital Errors and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

By Sean Burke on January 22, 2015

A patient staying in the hospitalAt The Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we help clients throughout Orange County following serious injuries and accidents. This is especially important with medical malpractice lawsuits, which hold doctors and surgeons accountbale for negligence. These kinds of cases can also be brought again hospitals for mistakes made during treatment, a matter we want to explore in more detail right now.

The Dangers of Negligence at Hospitals

When we need to stay in a hospital, we expect to be treated well and receive the best care possible. That's the expectation at least. Sometimes the reality is much worse than the ideal.

All over the country, mistakes made in hospitals lead to serious injuries and even death. This is why our legal team is committed to holding medical professionals and those who run the hospitals themselves accountable for their actions.

Poor Records Can Lead to Horrible Mistakes

One type of hospital error is bad record keeping and mixed up files. When files are not properly kept, there is the chance that important medical records may get lost, or the wrong patient record is used when treating another patient. This can lead to improper treatments, delayed diagnosis, or even surgery performed on the wrong organ.

Surgical Mistakes and Problems with Anesthetic

In addition the surgical errors caused by file mix ups, other kinds of surgical errors may occur that cause extreme harm. Surgical instruments may be left inside of the patient, surgeons may falter while making incisions, or internal injuries may be caused during the procedure that lead to further health complications. Improper administration of anesthetic can similarly lead to major issues, ones which cannot be tolerated.

Patient Abuse and Neglect at Hospitals

Sometimes the hospital errors involve problems with nurses, orderlies, and other staff. In such cases, these employees may neglect patients in their rooms, causing bedsores or leaving them hungry and/or dehydrated. Physical and sexual abuse can also occur, which is a major violation of trust and can never be tolerated.

Unsanitary Conditions Can Lead to Infection and Major Illness

Many people are in and out of hospital rooms, which is why sanitary conditions need to be properly maintained at all times. When rooms aren't properly cleaned, linens improperly washed, and instruments not fully sterilized, the spread of infectious disease and the potential for infection increases. Proper standards for cleanliness and sterilization must be observed for the safety of patients as well as staff.

Holding Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable

Following any sort of hospital error, our attorneys will take the negligent parties to task, seeking just compensation to address the various hardships that you or your loved ones have had to endure. We will also seek to reform the medical facility in order to improve healthcare standards and prevent serious injuries from occurring again in the future.

Contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke

For more information about your legal options following a serious medical mistake on the part of a hospital, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. At The Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we will fight diligently for you and your loved ones to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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