Furr & Henshaw
Myrtle Beach
Making You Whole Again

Report reveals many harmful and common hospital errors

Hospital negligence and medical malpractice in hospitals hurt patients and their families across the country. A recent report reveals that nationwide more than 325,000 patients die every year as a result of hospital and medical professional errors, many of which could have been prevented.

The Partnership for Patients revealed that nine common problems plague America’s health care system when it comes to medical malpractice; among them are bedsores, falls, adverse medication events, and several forms of infections.

Many of these events are preventable and can be reduced in number with some simple preparation and training on the part of hospitals. Now that medical errors leading to fatality are the third leading cause of death in the country, according to a 2013 study, hospitals must take more responsibility in evaluating risks and determining how accidents and adverse events can be prevented.

Bedsores and failure to treat infections are especially alarming, since hospitals and staff should have procedures in place to both limit their occurrence and manage them immediately. Medication errors, too, are largely preventable. Inability to read doctor handwriting, doctors hurrying through prescription writing, or failing to take into account possible medication interactions can have devastating consequences.

It is difficult enough for South Carolina families, and those elsewhere, to handle the stress and tension of a relative who has gone through an accident or been admitted to the hospital. It’s even harder to comprehend when their loved one has passed away as a result of doctor error or other medical malpractice, knowing that the death could have been prevented with proper precaution.

Victims of medical malpractice, as well as their loved ones, have certain rights to obtain justice under South Carolina law. It can be important to seek legal guidance to ensure that you understand these rights.

Source: Fierce Healthcare, “CA Senator demands hospitals reduce rampant medical errors,” Zack Budryk, April 28, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
email us for a response
email us for a response

Contact The Office

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Furr & Henshaw
1900 Oak Street
PO Box 2909
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Toll Free: 800-648-2947
Phone: 843-213-6737
Fax: 843-448-6445
Myrtle Beach Law Office Map

back to top