Many people suffer preventable injuries because of the negligence of their
doctor, nurse or other health care professional. Medical negligence can
result in life-altering or life ending injuries, which may require extensive
or lifelong treatment. While medical malpractice victims have the option
to recover compensation for damages, it is important to know the root
cause of this negligence.
Are doctors being improperly trained? Are nurses being overworked? Does
the hospital provide inadequate support?
According to a report from CRICO Strategies, communication failures were
a factor in 30 percent of the malpractice cases they examined. Nationwide,
this miscommunication resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths. In one instance, a nurse failed to tell a surgeon that a patient experienced
abdominal pain and had a drop in the level of red blood cells after an
operation, which are typically signs of internal bleeding. The information
was ignored and the patient later died of a hemorrhage. In another case,
an Emergency Room physician failed to mention to a radiologist the fact
that the patient had several symptoms (e.g. the inability to use the bathroom)
which might have led to a life-altering diagnosis, as opposed to a failure
to diagnose the neurologic emergency that was eventually recognized.
It’s common knowledge that hospitals and doctor’s offices are
busy, bustling places, but that doesn’t excuse a doctor from failing
to share critical patient information or administering the wrong medication.
Poor communication in hospitals and clinics creates a danger for the entire
facility. And, when injury and death occur, it can constitute medical
negligence or medical malpractice.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice,
Louisville medical malpractice lawyer at Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC today. Brett Oppenheimer has decades of
experience fighting for individuals who have suffered serious injuries
due to the negligence of others. You may have the legal right to pursue
compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.
Contact Brett Oppenheimer today
to learn more about your legal rights and options.