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Negligent Discharge and How It Affects You

How Do I Know If I Have Been Negligently Discharged From the Hospital?

Occasionally, a doctor or hospital makes a decision to discharge a patient too early -- before you, the patient, is medically stable enough to go home. In situations where you need to be readmitted, the decision to discharge may amount to negligent discharge and medical malpractice.

Negligent discharge from hospital happens when your doctor deviates from the standard of care. If you are discharged prematurely, then that could constitute negligent discharge. You may have been negligently discharged if you experience one of the following conditions soon after you leave the hospital:

  • Your condition worsens
  • Your suffer an injury as a result of the condition for which you were hospitalized
  • You are readmitted for the same condition only a short time later

What Should I Do or Not Do?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex pieces of litigation, requiring skill and attention to detail. Moreover, hospitals and doctors retain experienced defense attorneys adept at denying and delaying claims, even as you and your family may struggle to deal with lost wages and medical bills incurred as a result of a hospital’s and/or doctor’s negligence.

If you think you’re a victim of negligent discharge, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of the case and explore your options. A dedicated attorney can sift through all the medical information and work with experts in the field to prove the patient’s doctors failed to exercise due caution when administering medical treatment.

What Are My Legal Rights?

Negligent discharge victims can receive compensation for various types of damages. Although each case is different, most claims seek to recover damages for:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Funeral costs

Even though you may have been a victim of negligent discharge, recovering damages can be a long and difficult process. Hospital bills and lost wages are most commonly recovered, but other expenses and compensation often require expensive and time-consuming litigation.

Fortunately, the law allows victims to retain experienced and dedicated medical malpractice attorneys to represent their legal interests. If you think you have been the victim of wrongful discharge, please contact call Kelly Reed and her team or call 304-292-2020, to schedule a free consultation.

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Anesthesia Errors Can Be Considered Medical Malpractice

What are the dangers of anesthesia errors?

Anesthesia errors are generally more dangerous than surgery mistakes because even the smallest error can result in brain damage or death. An anesthesiologist can commit medical malpractice by:

  • Administering too much anesthesia
  • Failing to monitor a patient's vital signs
  • Using equipment that is defective
  • Failure to properly intubate a patient (insert a tube into the trachea for ventilation)

Despite the advances in modern medicine, anesthesia errors continue to occur at even the best facilities and hospitals worldwide. Standardized protocol and simple vigilance are key factors that can avoid the occurrence of anesthesia errors.

What causes anesthesia errors?

There are a variety of factors that give rise to the high incidence of medication errors during the conduction of anesthesia. The most common risk factors include:

  • Fatigue
  • A lack of staff
  • Odd working hours
  • Inattention
  • Poor communication
  • Carelessness
  • Look and sound-alike drugs
  • Failure to calculate drug dose

How common are anesthesia errors?

Anesthesia errors are common in the modern healthcare system. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. A large number of these fatalities are associated with medications. An anesthesia error is any mistake that occurs during the medication process. It can be the failure to perform an appropriate action, or to perform an appropriate action incorrectly. The IOM estimates that each year, 1.5 million Americans are injured by medication errors including anesthesia errors. 

What should I do if I think I have been injured by an anesthesia error?

You only have two years to file your anesthesia error medical malpractice claim. If you believe that you have a case, then you should talk to an experienced Morgantown medical malpractice attorney today. Kelly Reed and her team has successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Call us today at 304-292-2020 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Medical Malpractice? Do I Have a Case and What Should I Do?

What is Medical Malpractice?

If you think that a doctor may have made a mistake in your medical treatment, then you may wonder if you have a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is what you have to prove in order to have a successful claim:

  1. The doctor, nurse, or another medical professional did not exercise the appropriate standard of care. In other words, they made a mistake or by failing to do something that someone else would have done under the same circumstances.
  2. Their negligent actions caused you injury or further injury.

Common Medical Malpractice Errors

Some of the most common errors that can be considered medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Mistreatment based on misdiagnosis
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy
  • Surgical error
  • Leaving a sponge or surgical instrument inside a body
  • Bed sores
  • Pharmaceutical injuries

Some times there is more than one person who is to blame for your injury. For example, doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, hospitals, nursing homes, and even medical device designers and manufacturers can be guilty of medical malpractice.

How Long Do I Have To File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

You only have two years to file your medical malpractice claim. If you believe that you have a case, then you should talk to an experienced Morgantown medical malpractice attorney today. Kelly Reed and her team has successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Call us today at 304-292-2020 to schedule a free initial consultation.