Traumatic injuries or serious illnesses such as cancer often necessitate a stay in the hospital. South Carolina residents who receive hospital care naturally expect the facility will diagnose them properly and then provide safe, adequate care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and due to hospital negligence, many patients experience dangerous complications, a slow recovery or even death due to mistakes made in the hospital.
According to one source, each year up to 440,000 patients lose their lives due to hospital errors, infections, injuries or accidents. In fact, today alone over 1,000 patients will lose their lives due to an otherwise preventable medical mistake made in the hospital. Moreover, one in 25 patients will develop a preventable infection during their hospital stay. These are sobering statistics indeed.
What to do if you suspect a medical mistake was made
First, if you suspect a medical mistake was made while you are in the hospital, inform a trusted family member, your bedside nurse or any other hospital employee. Be respectful but assertive. Let the hospital know you expect them to report back and address the error. You or a relative can follow up with the hospital after letting them know of the error. If the error is not resolved before you are discharged, discuss the incident with the hospital’s customer service or patient advocacy department.
Learn more about your rights and options
If none of these steps resolve the situation, it may be time to discuss the matter with an attorney. Ultimately, this post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on hospital negligence may be a good starting point for those who want to learn more about their rights and options in such situations.