Hospital Medical Malpractice
Emergency Room Error
Hospital Malpractice in an Emergency Room can take away critical moments in determining a medical outcome. Many of the decisions made can quite literally mean the difference between life and death.
Do the doctors in the Emergency Room possess the proper skills and training needed to ensure that signs and symptoms of a heart attack or pulmonary embolism? An aortic dissection, pancreatitis or severe infection? Do the doctors in the Emergency Room even work for the hospital? Or, instead, are they independent and largely unsupervised contractors? How is a patient to know? Hospital negligence and decisions of whether to “treat” or “street” a patient can make all the difference.
If you believe that you or a loved one was the victim of an emergency room error, please contact the Lewis Law Firm today regarding hospital lawsuits.
Laparoscopic and Surgical Errors
Laparoscopic surgeries can mean smaller incisions, quicker recovery time and better outcomes. However, some procedures are best performed with a traditional “open” surgical technique.
The wrong procedure, an unnecessary procedure, poor technical competence, and hospital negligence during the procedure can extend hospital stays and increase the risk of complications including the need for additional surgeries. Often the patient is unaware of the availability of choices and must accept the judgment of the physician assigned by the hospital.
If you believe that you or a loved one was the victim of hospital malpractice involving a laparoscopic or surgical error, please contact the Lewis Law Firm today.
Hospital Acquired Infection
Hospital Malpractice in control and prevention policies leads to hospital acquired infections. One out of every 20 patients who go into a hospital in the U.S. end up picking up a hospital acquired infection.
Not all infections are avoidable. However, with the high rate of administration of antibiotics, some infections are being difficult, if not impossible, to avoid and treat effectively. MRSA and VRE are two such examples of “resistant bugs.” For the very young, the elderly and those whose immune systems may already be compromised, contracting a hospital acquired infection can be catastrophic and deadly.
So how can a patient be certain that their hospital is clean and free from colonized infections? How can a patient be certain that their hospital has adopted and is following proper infection control protocol?
If you believe that you or a loved one was the victim of a hospital acquired infection, please contact the Lewis Law Firm today. For more information on Hospital Malpractice, read the Lewis Law Firm blog.
Also called “decubitus ulcers” are so-called “never events” that should not occur at any hospital. However, inattentive or neglectful nursing care can lead to bedsores or pressure ulcers which result from prolonged laying or sitting on an unforgiving surface. Simply moving or re-positioning a patient can greatly reduce the likelihood of bedsores and the pain, discomfort and source of infection which they bring. Further there are specialized air mattresses which can reduce pressure and prevent formation of bedsores.
If you believe that you or a loved one was the victim of hospital neglect resulting in bedsores, please contact the Lewis Law Firm today.