Entrusting oneself to the care of medical professionals, especially when there is a need for surgical procedures, can be stressful and worrisome for many patients. In Florida and elsewhere, thousands become injured, ill or -- in worst cases -- suffer death due to hospital negligence and errors made by physicians, nurses, lab technicians and other staff members. It appears that all too often, people have become accustomed to accepting bad medical outcomes as the norm.
The Institute of Medicine issued a report on a recent Tuesday, claiming that many people will fall victim, at some point in their lives, to the devastating consequences of substandard medical care. Sometimes, medical negligence will lead to serious injury. Other times, the result will be death. It has been suggested that the problem will most likely worsen due to complex changes in the national heath care system.
It has been said that many of the dire mistakes made in patient care are entirely preventable. Missed diagnoses, delayed testing and surgical errors are among the mistakes that most often cause harm to patients. The study reportedly showed that a lack of communication and environments where reporting mistakes is discouraged are lead factors in the current problems involving medical mistakes that cause injury, illness or death to patients.
If a medical patient in Florida has been injured through hospital negligence, he or she may wish to consider filing a medical malpractice claim in a civil court. When considering filing a claim, it is often advisable to consult with a lawyer experienced handling this type of litigation. A seasoned personal injury attorney would be able to help identify all possible sources of liability and could offer guidance as to how best to proceed when seeking compensation for damages caused by substandard medical care.
Source: CNN, "Report: No easy cure for sometimes fatal doctor error", John Bonifield, Sept. 22, 2015