You're not alone.
Some estimates put deaths (not just injuries) due to medical malpractice at 58,000 per year - that's a national outrage. And many conditions require around the clock medical care and treatment. But how do you know if your injury or medical condition was due to malpractice in a DC hospital, instead of just a terrible outcome?
You see, all medical malpractice is preventable - by definition. What we mean is that there are established patient safety rules designed to keep patients safe that doctors and hospitals have to follow. Thank about it, every job has rules. It could be as simple as a checklist, or an order of doing things, or a system for following up on a test that was done.
It's usually simple steps to keep patients safe. But a lot of hospitals don't have them or don't follow them, and that's where the problem comes in.
One clue is that you went into the hospital for a routine procedure - a minor surgery, for example, and had a catastrophic injury or condition that wasn't related to the surgery at all - like a problem with anesthesia. Or that you were given the wrong medication after surgery, or the wrong dosage, or something you were allergic to.
And unfortunately, we see medication errors a lot - many times, it is not just one person in the hospital who makes a mistake. It is the doctor ordering the wrong medication, one that may have severe side effects or consequences for someone in your condition, maybe the medication is contraindicated. The nurse then gives you the medication but doesn't follow up and monitor you after she gives it, to see if you are having complications. And the hospital pharmacist doesn't tell the providers that the medication is contraindicated.
We call that a system failure - and it should never happen. It should not happen to adults and it happens at prestigious children's hospitals, where babies and children are severely injured due to medical malpractice - and that should never happen to kids no matter how inspiring their struggle to overcome their disability is.
If you're struggling with a life changing injury after being in the hospital, you need to take action - to get the best advice and guidance on how to make things right. If you're this kind of person, call us today at (202) 393 - 3320 or order a completely free, no obligation book guide or report we have written to help you get started.
But don't put it off - the sooner you take action, the sooner you can take back control of your life (and hold the hospital accountable so they don't do this to someone else).