When you hear about leading causes of death in the United States, what do you think of? Maybe car accidents, cancer, or other related illnesses? Well, it may surprise you to know that medical errors in hospitals are responsible for between 200,000-400,000 deaths per year. Some of these errors include hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, wrong operations, and diagnostic errors. These numbers don’t even include deaths from medical errors committed in a hospital, but occur after the patient has been discharged.
So, what does that mean for you and your loved ones? First of all, it is important to be very aware of what your loved one is being treated for, what medication and dosages they are on, and where/when they are scheduled for surgery. It is also important to be alert for signs of infection, such as unusual redness or swelling at wound sites. Your hospitalized loved one should be also be asked questions relating to how they’re feeling, their pain levels, and when they last took their medications.
In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate if your loved one died as a result of a medical error. If you have been the victim of a hospital error/unsafe situation (including infections, accidents, and additional injuries) and have suffered significantly as a result, it may be time to seek legal counsel. Attorney Doug Stoehr is skilled in taking these types of claims and is your local hometown lawyer who can get the job done! Contact his Altoona, PA area office at 814-946-4100 for your free initial consultation.
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