Hundreds of medical patients in the United States, many in South Carolina, have had surgical instruments and equipment left inside of them during the surgery. These forgotten items are sewn up to stay inside of the person until they are finally discovered. Leaving surgical equipment inside of a person is a mistake that is all too common and costs patients more than an inconvenience.
What would you think if you found out that your doctor left the operating room while you were in surgery? You’d probably be alarmed. Realistically, in many situations, there is more than one doctor in the operating room. In most procedures, one of these doctors is an anesthesiologist.
Hospitals are held to a certain standard of care. When they fail to meet that standard and a patient is injured as a result, the hospital can be held liable for medical malpractice. The same is true for nursing homes. Residents of nursing homes have the right to receive proper medical care and attention. If a resident was injured because a nursing home owner or employee was negligent, the resident can sue the nursing home for malpractice.
Imagine a situation in which you lost a loved one because a nurse gave him or her an injection of a drug, which was 10 times the amount, prescribed by the physician. Now also imagine that - unknown to you - the nurse who administered the fatal dosage had already been disciplined for making medication errors.
Victims of medical malpractice experience fear, betrayal and pain unlike other forms of injury. When you visit a healthcare professional, you place a lot of trust that these men and women can safeguard your health and provide a high standard of care. Through malpractice, this trust is destroyed and the consequences both physical and emotional can be nightmarish. Here is some information about the difference between malpractice and ordinary negligence.