If you undergo a serious medical procedure, you may require additional care for your recovery. It is not unusual for those who are recovering from a physical injury, a stroke or surgery to then go to a rehabilitation hospital. And although a rehab hospital is supposed to provide treatment intended to improve a patient's health, far too often what is offered will actually worsen a patient's condition.
According to one study, nearly 30 percent of patients being treated in rehabilitation facilities suffered some type of harm. The injuries could be traced to such things as infections or medication errors. And according to the doctors who carried the study, nearly 50 percent of the incidents noted could have either certainly or likely been prevented.
The doctors who conducted the review of cases that formed the basis of the study stated that 46 percent of the injuries involved medication errors. Two of the specific medication events mentioned were loss of consciousness connected to narcotic painkillers and gastric ulcers caused by blood thinners.
Additionally, the study found that 40 percent of the injury cases were related to failures of routine monitoring. Falls, bedsores, and constipation were of particular concern. And while these issues were almost never connected to patient death, they could result in a patient suffering a permanent disability or having to receive extended care.
When your health is in a fragile state, the time you spend convalescing should help you grow stronger and more fit. And the role of rehabilitation hospitals is to provide care to do just that. However, if you are injured due to the negligence of a doctor or staff member, not only could your recovery be delayed, but you may be in worse shape than when you started your rehabilitation. Moreover, the extra care you will require will almost certainly be very expensive.
If you or a member of your family have been harmed while receiving treatment at a rehabilitation hospital, you may wish to solicit the services of a medical malpractice attorney. The attorney can offer you guidance and representation regarding your pursuit of appropriate compensation.