We’ve all heard of cases where a doctor operated on the wrong patient, left a surgical tool inside the patient or misdiagnosed an illness. However, most people never think that they could be medical malpractice victims.
Unfortunately, over one million instances of medical malpractice occur every year, mistakes made by surgeons, medical staff and hospitals – many result in permanent injuries or even death.
The California Department of Public Health announced recently that two Orange County hospitals have been fined $100,000 each for errors causing serious patient injury or death.
The fine was the seventh for one where a patient suffered a heart attack after a catheter was improperly removed from the patient’s neck.
At the other hospital, the fine was the sixth for the hospital – after an elderly patient fell on his way to the bathroom and later died.
Both hospitals expressed regret and said safety improvements have been made.
Medical malpractice in a hospital setting has far more serious outcomes and deaths than outpatient care. Medical malpractice is also known as medical negligence. It occurs when a medical professional’s negligence results in injury or death. The most common types include surgical errors, failure to properly treat or monitor, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose and prescription errors.
If you or a loved one has had serious injury or death as a result of an error made at a hospital, you may need the services of an attorney with experience in medical malpractice. At the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney, we are experienced in representing victims of negligent doctors and other health care providers, and in helping victims recover compensation for injuries or those of a loved one.
If you’re concerned that you or a family member has been injured by a doctor’s or hospital’s mistake, contact us to learn how we can help.