Top Medical Complications Caused by Wrongful Discharge from a Florida Hospital
You trust your health care providers to make responsible decisions regarding your release from the hospital or Emergency Room, but medical professionals may commit error by allowing you to leave too early. When you experience complications due to wrongful discharge from the hospital, your health may suffer. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 20 percent of patients endure various adverse events within 21 days after discharge; in almost 75 percent of these instances, discharge mistakes were preventable.
Many victims may not realize that wrongful discharge from the hospital is a form of medical malpractice and can lead to a wide range of health problems. If you’ve experienced health issues as a result of improperly being discharged from the hospital, you should discuss your situation with a Florida medical malpractice lawyer. Nevertheless, it’s still important to know the top medical conditions that may result from these errors.
Medical Complications Caused by Improper Hospital Discharge: Some of the most common health issues to watch for after being released from the hospital include:
- Adverse Drug Events: The top complication caused by an early discharge occurs when a patient isn’t given proper instructions on how to take medications. Many individuals will receive prescriptions to ease pain, prevent infection, or otherwise support healthy recovery. If patients are given improper dosage, frequency, or related directions, they may overdose or experience other adverse drug events.
- Infection: Hospital-related infections are common, according to DHHS data. Often, the symptoms don’t develop until after the patient has been released, even though the individual acquired it while under care of the facility. Or, following a surgery, infection can happen after you are discharged because there is an open wound. If you sustain an infection following a procedure because you were not given the appropriate antibiotics, you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice.
- Bleeding: Surgical patients are at serious risk of bleeding once released if incisions don’t heal properly, even when there’s no mistake in stitching it. Plus, when there are errors in implementing sutures, they can be resolved quickly – as long as you remain in the hospital for an appropriate amount of time. Excessive bleeding is a severe medical complication that can lead to serious injuries, but anemia is frequently the reason for readmission.
- Continuing or Worsening Symptoms: If you are experiencing the same or worsening symptoms following your discharge, it may be because the hospital staff misdiagnosed your condition or failed to appreciate the severity of it before discharging you. Often times, serious conditions require immediate medical intervention, and if the hospital staff is not diligent in identifying and treating the condition, serious and permanent injury can result. If you experienced continuing or worsening symptoms following your discharge, and permanent damage occurred as a result, then you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice against the discharging facility.
Contact a Florida Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Hospital Discharge Lawyer
If you experienced adverse events after being released and have concerns about your hospital discharge, please contact Freidin Brown, P.A. to discuss your situation. Our Florida medical malpractice attorneys can set up a free consultation at our offices in Miami or Fort Myers. We’re happy to review your circumstances and determine how to proceed.