Each year more than 195,000 people die as a result of hospital negligence.
Every one of these deaths can be traced back to a preventable mistake. For each wrongful death caused by a doctor, nurse, or hospital staff member, thousands of others suffer from complications due to negligent care. The careless or neglectful behavior of a medical professional can lead to bodily injuries such as bedsores and broken bones.
Neglect can turn to violence when a patient is the victim of elder abuse. When a mistake occurs, the patient and their family pay the price. The price of being a victim of medical malpractice is not only the dollar amount needed for additional medical care and necessary medical equipment, but also includes lost wages and pain and suffering as well. Insurance companies will try and convince you that the settlement they offer is fair and that the amount is more than enough to cover your costs, however, only an experienced nursing home negligence and malpractice lawyer can accurately assess the true value of your case. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Kaufman Law is ready to fight for patients’ rights. Contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney.
Types of Medical Errors
There are many types of medical malpractice cases that occur in every sector of the medical community. Below are examples of errors on the part of the medical community which often have catastrophic effects on the patient:
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Hospital negligence (failure to monitor, medication mistakes, chart mix-ups, falls, security)
- Surgical errors
- Wrongful Death
Injuries arising from hospital or physician negligence are numerous. They can range from minor injuries and complications to paralysis or even wrongful death. The following list outlines the most common injuries that result from medical error:
Shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, brachial palsy, Preeclampsia, wrongful death of mother or child.
Severe allergic reaction, stroke, paralysis, organ failure.
Tracheal damage, asphyxia (loss of proper air supply), coma, spinal cord injury, brain damage, heart attack, stroke, aspiration, collapsed lung, pneumonia.
Falls: Broken bones, cuts and bruises, sprained or strained muscles, head trauma, spinal cord injury, and paralysis.
Failure to monitor: Undo complications, heart attack, stroke, brain damage.
Security: Attacks from other patients or trespassers.
Chart Mix-Ups: Medication errors, failure to diagnose, incorrect treatment, wrong surgery.
Internal bleeding, infection, excess scaring, organ, tissue, nerve or muscle damage, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, excessive post-surgical pain, blood clots, surgical tools left inside the body, excessive blood loss, and wrongful death.
Many medical errors occur when doctors and hospitals let insurance company clerks practice medicine by directing your treatment. A doctor that omits medical services can also be negligent.
With over 38 years of experience in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, Kaufman Law has the experience you need. We dedicate ourselves to helping the truly injured with unparalleled personal service. We will walk you through every step of the process, ensuring that all of your questions are answered.
Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
Finding a care facility for the elderly can be time consuming and frustrating. You have likely visited many facilities, trying to find the best place for your loved one to reside. You are entrusting the care of your parent or spouse to someone else, and you believe that this home will be diligent in their care. However, this is not always the case. Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include:
- Wrongful death
- Bed sores/decubitus ulcers
- Physical abuse
- Psychological abuse/emotional abuse
- Medication-related injuries/errors
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Improper or poor hygiene
Protecting the Vulnerable
Nursing homes and hospitals are designed to help patients get well and maintain their quality of life. The number one rule of medicine is "do no harm." However, the doctor or nurse treating you or a loved one may make mistakes or become careless. In a worst case scenario, they may actually commit elder abuse and neglect. A lack of competent care, either in a nursing home or during a surgery, can have devastating effects on the patient, even resulting in wrongful death.
Unfortunately, many nursing home incidents are not reported to the police. The staff will often attempt to deal with the issue "in-house", leaving your family member at risk.
If you see any signs of abuse or neglect, you must act immediately to protect your loved one. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, signs of abuse may include:
- Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, and rope marks
- Bone fractures, broken bones, and skull fractures
- Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing
- Sprains, dislocations, and internal injuries/bleeding
- Broken eyeglasses/frames, physical signs of being subjected to punishment, and signs of being restrained
- Laboratory findings of medication overdose or under-utilization of prescribed drugs
- An elder's report of being hit, slapped, kicked, or mistreated
- An elder's sudden change in behavior
- The caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone