Medical error injury

Top 5 Medical Errors Made in Hospitals

by Staff | February 19th, 2014

Patients put their health and their lives in the hands of the doctors who are treating them. But too often, negligent care by physicians and medical staff in hospitals results in a patient being injured or killed. The Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the 5 most common hospital medical mistakes are:

  • Patients Being Discharged Too Soon – One in 10 Medicare patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to continued health complications.
  • Infections Acquired In the Hospital – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 1.7 million Americans acquire infections at hospitals each year, resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths.
  • Medication Errors – Mistakes in dosage result in 1.5 million Americans suffering a drug injury each year.
  • Unnecessary Tests and Procedures – Increased exposure means an increased chance of an accident occurring.
  • Misdiagnosis – A doctor failing to correctly identify a patient’s condition can result in incorrect or delayed treatment, which could cause serious harm.

Many hospitals and doctor’s offices will acknowledge these medical mistakes as a significant problem in the industry and take necessary precautions to prevent such errors. If you or a loved one has been harmed while under the care of a doctor, the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you.

 

New Study Points Out Major Causes Of Medical Errors In Indiana

by Staff | November 21st, 2012

November 21, 2012

An Indiana Department of Health study shows the leading causes of medical mistakes and errors in the state. According to the Indianapolis Star, bedsores and surgeries on the wrong body parts were at the top of the list.

The study examined 100 cases from nearly 300 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and clinics. Researchers found that bedsores or botched surgeries caused half of all the incidents that were being examined. Other mistakes that were examined included falls, medication errors, and in some cases, criminal behavior.

Indianapolis Hospitals tended to have the highest rates of incidence, with Indiana University Health’s three downtown locations seeing a majority of the mistakes, accounting for half of all serious incidences reported statewide last year.

Bedsores were the most common problem seen in medical facilities last year, with a total of 41 cases being reported to health officials. Surgery on the wrong body part was a far second with more than 20 cases. Seventeen patients reportedly had objects left in their bodies following surgery, while 12 falls were recorded.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say that mistakes like these may lead to injured patients needing to file an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim to cover medical expenses that stem from a doctor’s mistake. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been caused harm while under the care of a physician.