Too many patients, too few resources and too little time — these are the realities of America’s health care system today. In practical terms, this means that many patients only get a few short minutes of an actual physician’s time during their visits. The likelihood of a medical error increases with the failure to review prior medical records, order the appropriate tests, interpret X-rays and lab reports correctly, monitor vital signs during postoperative recovery, or prescribe the proper medications.
The Costs Of Hospital Malpractice
The net result: increased risks of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose serious and potentially life-threatening conditions while there is still time for effective treatment. This problem is widely known; the nature and extent of time and budgetary stresses in the health care system and their consequences for the quality of patient care have long been recognized by the National Institutes of Health and such professional publications as The New England Journal of Medicine. Their studies estimate that between 80,000 and 100,000 people die each year as the result of medical negligence in hospitals and emergency rooms.
Mistakes That Happen At The Hospital
Some of the most common areas of concern include:
- Emergency room errors
- Medication mistakes and errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Infections caused by unsanitary procedures or equipment
- Failure to treat patients in critical need of care
- Failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis of heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, brain aneurysm or other acute conditions
- Failure to order necessary and appropriate diagnostic tests
- Failure to review test results in a timely manner
- Improper training or supervision of hospital or nursing staff
- Inadequate monitoring of patients’ clinical condition or vital signs
- Miscommunication between doctors and nursing staff
- Failure to recognize the need to consult with appropriate medical specialists
- Chronic understaffing at hospitals, clinics or emergency rooms
- Improper screening, hiring or credentialing practices
- Complications from Pelvic Mesh
At Wocl Leydon, LLC, our Stamford hospital negligence lawyers have extensive experience with these types of medical malpractice claims. Our law firm receives referrals frequently from lawyers and other professionals who are familiar with the zealous, high-quality representation we provide in such cases.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of negligence in a hospital, act quickly before the statute of limitations runs out. We can help you understand your rights and legal options. To discuss your potential malpractice claim with an experienced Greenwich medical malpractice attorney, contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a free consultation.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.