If Nurses, Doctors, and Other Medical Staff Fail to Provide You with a Reasonable Amount of Care and Attention, This can Legally be Defined as Negligence

If Nurses, Doctors, and Other Medical Staff Fail to Provide You with a Reasonable Amount of Care and Attention, This can Legally be Defined as Negligence

Apr 23

If Nurses, Doctors, and Other Medical Staff Fail to Provide You with a Reasonable Amount of Care and Attention, This can Legally be Defined as Negligence

Once an individual is taken under hospital care, he/she should be assured of quality care through correct and timely medical procedures, and accurate diagnosis. People should know, however, that not all hospitals are the same when it comes to provision of care – some hospitals are just able to perform better than many others.

A serious illness is one type of disability that requires timely and correct treatment. Problem is, many of those who are seriously ill suffer additional damaging health conditions due to medical mistakes: products of negligence or carelessness by medical professionals and other health care providers.

Sad to say, but many of those who are brought and confined in some hospitals are exposed to risks of serious medical complications. Along this issue, the firm Spiros Law, P.C., says, “Nurses, doctors, and other medical staff at hospitals must provide you with a reasonable amount of care and attention. If they fail to do so, this can legally be defined as negligence. Frustratingly, this careless or reckless behavior can have a long-lasting negative impact on your life. Common types of hospital negligence include:

  • Using unsterilized needles or other instruments;
  • Making errors on your medical chart;
  • Giving you the wrong blood type during a transfusion;
  • Failing to help you move around, leading to bed sores or falls;
  • Failing to identify and communicate to others a patient’s known allergies, for example, a latex allergy;
  • Dispensing the wrong medication;
  • Improperly caring for wounds or incisions, leading to MRSA; and,
  • Misplacing feeding, breathing, and IV tubes;

These irresponsible actions can lead to serious injuries, such as a broken hip if you slip and fall. They can also cause incurable illnesses like the transfer of hepatitis through an unclean needle.”

In emergency departments alone, thousands of medical errors, which lead to serious harm or even patient death, are reported annually. Like other cases of medical mistakes, errors committed in emergency departments are usually due to overworked doctors and/or nurses, who are often required to render extra hours of duty, poor communication or lack of collaboration between nurses and physicians, giving patients the wrong medicine, injecting into patients the wrong solution, poor recordkeeping, accidentally hitting a patient with a medical equipment or tool, failure to properly sterilize medical tools, and so forth.

Hospital negligence and medical mistakes do not only lead to additional health damages in patients; these also result to added costly medical treatment and, often, prolonged disability that will keep the patient unable to work, resulting to loss of wages. These effects, of course, legally oblige the hospital to compensate the patient for whatever additional present and future suffering he/she is/will be subjected to.

Since sickness is a natural occurrence in life, it would be good if you would know which hospitals around your area are recognized for their quality care, so that, in the event of an emergency, you will know where to go or where to take your loved one. What you should know, though, is not only this, but also your right to take legal action against the hospital where you suffered additional injuries, or which contributed to the worsening of your illness.