Most Cook County area residents will be admitted to the hospital in their lifetime. Hospitals are important places in order to help critically injured and sick patients feel better. Most of the time patients are able to get better while they are in the hospital. But, occasionally an unexpected hospital error occurs that leads to a patient suffering unexpected injuries or even death.
There are many common hospital injuries that can happen to a patient. Medication errors are one of the most common hospital errors. A prescription may be illegible and a patient may be given the wrong dosage or medication altogether. Or a patient may be given the wrong dosage or a medication that has an adverse reaction to other drugs they are taking. Another mistake that can happen in a hospital is not making the right medical diagnosis.
A medical provider may not make a proper diagnosis or may make a wrong diagnosis of their patient’s condition. A medical provider may lack proper medical training to make a diagnosis or may fail to consult with medical experts to make a proper diagnosis. Surgical errors are also common in a hospital. These errors can occur if the wrong body part is operated on, if medical equipment is left inside a patient or an unexpected infection occurs, among others. Surgical errors can be very dangerous and can lead to a patient’s death.
If a patient and their family believe they have suffered from an unexpected injury during a hospital stay they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review the circumstances surrounding the unexpected injury. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expense and other damages.
Although most Cook County area residents will wind up in the hospital for one reason or another, there is no reason why they should have to suffer from an unexpected hospital error. It is important to hold hospitals and medical providers accountable for their errors so that no one else is harmed.