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Hospital or Nursing Negligence

Hospital malpractice includes any type of medical negligence that occurs in a hospital setting, including errors by doctors, nurses, technicians and other hospital staff. We have successfully represented people seriously injured by medical professionals and the families of people who died after receiving medical treatment. Compensation for hospital malpractice victims may include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost Income
  • Cost of care
  • Pain and suffering (includes physical pain, disfigurement, disability, loss of quality of life and emotional distress)

Some common situations that may involve hospital malpractice include:

  • Medication error – giving the patient the wrong medication or the wrong dose
  • Surgical removal of the wrong body part
  • Leaving a sponge, instrument or other object in a patient after surgery
  • Other surgery error
  • Hospital infection
  • Improper use of anesthesia
  • Failure to treat an illness
  • Incorrect treatment of a diagnosed illness
  • Failure to order proper tests
  • Failure to consult with a specialist
  • Failure to monitor a patient
  • Failure to stabilize a patient
  • Improper use of a medical device
  • Birth injury or birth trauma due to physician, nursing or hospital negligence
  • Surgical procedures that are not necessary, or that are done without patient consent
  • Wrong surgery

If someone you love has been harmed by hospital malpractice, here is some important information that you should consider. In order to prevail in a hospital malpractice suit you have to prove that the hospital staff acted unreasonably and that the hospital staff conduct was a direct cause of injury. The statute of limitations is a law that requires commencement of a hospital malpractice case within a specific time period. If the hospital malpractice case is not filed within that time period it will be barred regardless of its merit. Because the time period is often very short and exceptions apply, it is very important to consult with an experienced hospital malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Because of the time, cost and complexity of hospital malpractice cases, we carefully review potential hospital malpractice claims. If you would like a free consultation about your hospital malpractice case, please call 937 643-0600 or submit your case for review with the firm’s online consultation form.

 

Falls and Fractures

Medicare lists patient falls as a “Never Event.” What that means is that falls in a hospital, rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing facility, or nursing home should never happen. In fact, in some circumstances, Medicare will not pay the hospital for treatment of the injuries a patient requires after a fall. The hospital, rehabilitation unit, skilled nursing facility, or nursing home would have to pay for the treatments, not Medicare.

Each year, thousands of patients fall in a hospital or healthcare setting and sustain serious, catastrophic injuries or even death. When people think of falls in the hospital, they think it happens just to the elderly. This is not the case; patients of all ages suffer unnecessary falls while under the care of doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Any unnecessary, preventable fall can cause serious, life altering injuries. Falls can cause fractures to the hips, cervical, lumbar, thoracic, sacral spine, back bone, vertebrae, ribs, and wrists. Fall accidents can also lead to subdural hematomas, skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, bleeding on the brain, nerve damage, muscle injury, or death.

The hospital fall lawyers at The O’Keefe Firm are able to effectively evaluate a medical negligence or fall in a hospital case. We know that certain medications, illnesses, vital signs or blood pressure readings, and staffing ratios play a significant role in what patients are at a very high risk of falling. We understand that certain lab value results can leave a patient at a higher risk of falling. Our legal team is also familiar with how certain times of a day, certain months, and certain days of the week can leave a patient at a higher risk of falling. If you or a loved one has been injured from a fall, please contact one of our experienced Ohio fall attorneys.

 

Medication Errors

One of the very first things taught at nursing school is safe and proper medication administration to patients. Nurses immediately learn to always think of the 5 R’s before giving any medicine. The 5 R’s are: the Right Patient, Right Route, Right Dose, Right Time, and Right Medication. Skipping one of these steps can cause the wrong medication or wrong dosage to be given to a patient. This can result in a serious injury, disability, and sometimes even lead to death. It is estimated that 1.5 million patients are harmed each year by medication errors.

When a hospital is short staffed, nurses may sometimes be pulled to other units where they may not be familiar with the medications. A nurse can easily skip one or more of the vital 5 R’s. For example, a nurse that normally works in the newborn nursery unit may be pulled to work on an adult floor even if he or she does not have experience with adult medications and correct dosages. Many adult medications need vital signs or blood pressure taken before and after medication administration. A nurse who normally works with infants may not know about these procedures or be familiar with adult orthopedic, cancer, pain, cardiac or congestive heart failure medicines. However, a nurse in this type of situation may administer these medications to adults anyway. Depending on what medication is received, test results may need to be obtained before a medication is given. These are the types of details our nurses and doctors are familiar with when reviewing a medication or drug error lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a medication error, please contact one of our experienced Dayton medication error attorneys.

 

Nursing Malpractice / Negligence

With nurses playing an increasingly important role in the care and treatment of patients in hospitals throughout the country, nursing negligence claims are becoming more common. Nurses in particular have a significant amount of contact and interactions with their patients. Unfortunately, nurses are sometimes overburdened and understaffed which can lead to care and treatment that falls below the standard of care. A nursing error may include any mistake or act of negligence by a nurse in regard to some type of patient care. These acts can arise in a number of different ways including a nurse failing to follow a doctor’s orders for treatment, a nurse administering the wrong medication to a patient, a nurse failing to monitor a patient and/or failing to call a doctor for immediate help, or a nurse not properly performing a medical procedure.

Hospitals are replacing skilled registered nurses with cheaper less trained individuals to provide direct patient care. A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article concluded that patients in hospitals where nurses had heavier workloads had a 31% higher risk of dying. An analysis of 1,609 serious errors reported to the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) in the last five years involved nurse under-staffing. If you believe you or a loved one have been injured as a result of the hospital’s lack of skilled nursing care please call our nursing negligence lawyers today for a free evaluation.

Medication errors are one of the most common preventable mistakes that a nurse can make. A recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that one in five doses of medication dispensed at 36 hospitals and nursing homes around the country was either the wrong drug or the wrong dose, or given at the wrong time to the wrong patient.

If a nursing error caused you or a loved one injury, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim against the nurse who committed the error or the hospital where the negligence took place. At The O’Keefe Firm we are committed to helping patients who have been injured as the result of a nursing error.