Without Good Systems in Place, Hospitals are More Likely to Make Charting Mistakes
Charting errors are common in hospitals in the DC, MD and VA region - in fact, across the country it is one of the most common medical malpractice errors that occur in hospital settings. Sometimes the error can be small, and sometimes the charting error can be catastrophic. For example, having the wrong diagnosis or the wrong medications or doses on a patient's chart can mean incorrect treatment, medication overdoses or administering the wrong medications altogether can cause serious injury or even death.
Proper Follow Up and Checklists Can Prevent Medical Mistakes From Becoming Catastrophic
Many times chart errors don't lead to medical malpractice claims because hospitals, doctors and nurses should have a system of follow up to spot and correct errors. But sometimes charting errors get repeated and do cause serious harm to the patient and medical malpractice claims. Sometimes in a hospital the patient is seen by a medical student or intern who actually makes the error. And the resident, chief resident, attending doctor, consultant etc just pass it on and no one stops to do quality control checks on the charts. When this happens, it's called a violation of Patient Safety Rules because there was not a system in place to keep catastrophe from happening.
If Patient Safety Rules Were Violated, You May Want To File a Medcial Malpractice Lawsuit
We can give you information that will help patients recognize and prevent medical malpractice, like 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice: How You Can Recognize, Stop and Avoid Medical Mistakes. It's a great and popular starting point for anyone trying to make sense of a serious injury that took place in a hospital. Still, these reports give general information and the best advice you can get for your unique situation is to speak to a medical malpractice attorney with experience handling cases like your own.
Contact Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Frank Kearney and Keith Donahoe Today
If you or someone you know has had a medical error harm them in DC, MD or VA, give us a call at 202-393-3320 and our medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you and your family today. Frank Kearney and Keith Donahoe have a proven track record of helping people just like you with catastrohpic injures that happened at the hospital; brain damange, birth injuries like cerebral palsy, septic shock, paralysis and more. Nobody should have to walk through this alone, and nobody should have to pay for mistakes the doctor or hospital system made. Contact us today to see how we can help you recover what you lost.