How to identify a medical error

How to identify a medical error

Preventable medical mistakes account for more than 400,000 deaths in the United States each year. Types of mistakes include catastrophic events such as wrong site surgeries, labor and delivery delays and complications, and prescription errors. They also include occurrences just as catastrophic and potentially deadly, but less frequently identified. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of harm after a hospital stay or other medical visit, it is critical you contact an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer at once.

For example, emergency room wait times have gone up in many of the nation's busiest hospitals. While ER departments often triage patients – providing assistance to the most critical - where your condition worsens, or if a patient dies waiting to be seen - this may be grounds for a medical negligence claim. Another source of concerns may be surgical fires. Over the last couple of decades, the use of surgical lasers has increased, leading to an increase in the number of fires. If not immediately controlled, these fires may cause damaging burns and other serious injuries. The excessive use of radiation - including repeat x-rays - may be considered a medical mistake and be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Further, facilities such as nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and hospitals have a duty to keep track of patients. An increasing source of negligence has been where nursing homes lose track of patients with Alzheimer's or dementia, and the patient suffers serious injuries or death.

For more information or if you or a loved one has been harmed due to negligent medical care, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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