Protecting You and Your Loved One Against Hospital Negligence
The number of people who die each year due to hospital negligence is staggering. A widely accepted study estimates 98,000 people are taken this way with more recent numbers indicating as many as 445,000. Neither number is acceptable and we know that many of these deaths are completely avoidable. While you can’t always rely on your hospital to conduct quality care, you can take a few simple steps to ensure that you or your loved one doesn’t become a casualty.
Communication is Key
In the frenetic rush to stabilize patients in the ER, it’s very easy for people to become ineffective and incoherent. Unfortunately, this can lead to important medical information getting lost in translation or falling through the cracks. This medical information can be critical to saving a patient’s life. That is why it’s a good idea to keep a detailed medical history on file outlining all preexisting health issues and make sure the doctor understands everything on the document. You may even want to memorize the list for easy and immediate recitation.
Keep a List of Medications Handy
Medication errors are among the most common types of hospital mistakes committed every year. One way you can help to prevent these errors is to keep a list of all the drugs you or your loved is currently taking and present it to the ER upon admission. Be sure to include amount and frequency of dosage. This can help prevent any harmful reaction.
In the event that you or your loved one has been severely harmed due to a mistake made by your hospital, call an experienced attorney to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. It’s not just about pain and suffering; many cases of hospital negligence require years of expensive long-term care to rectify the damage. Don’t get stuck paying for it on your own.
Barry Sugarman has years of successful experience helping clients harmed by hospital negligence to collect the damages they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.