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St. Louis Hospital Error Lawyers
We’re Here to Help Patients Who Have Suffered due to Hospital Physician Errors
When people enter hospitals for medical treatment, they are expecting to receive professional care that will effectively address their medical conditions. What they do not expect is for their condition to be made worse, or for additional injury or illness to be sustained. Unfortunately, that is too often the case, as hospital errors impact countless patients across America every year. As many as 250,000 people die annually from medical errors.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a medical error, there’s a chance you could be able to file a claim against the doctor(s) and/or hospital that was charged with keeping you safe. It can be hard to understand how professional caregivers can make such big mistakes, and with a lawsuit, our team can help you investigate the situation and request appropriate restitution.
Call our attorneys at (800) 391-4318 to set up your free consultation. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
How Do Hospital Errors Happen?
With an entire care team helping look after a patient, it may seem hard to believe that any major elements of treatment can be missed. However, miscommunication, overstretched doctors and nurses, and poor hospital procedures can lead even the most professional team to overlook an obvious and important part of a patient’s care.
When treating hospital patients, doctors must be able to quickly and accurately share information with each other. Especially when patients are transferred between departments, the previous team’s findings and conclusions should accompany them lest treatment suggestions or contraindications are missed. If a hospital does not have a way to transfer this information, or if it is not properly collected and documented by a care team, clinicians may be operating without all the data they need.
How Hospital Errors Affect Patients
While some errors may not be extremely dangerous, others can cause serious side effects either in the moment or down the line. In worst-case scenarios, patients may need emergency treatment due to an error. They may need to have corrective surgery. Or, they may lose precious time fighting a serious condition if they do not receive the treatment they came for.
Some of the more common hospital errors that can occur include:
- Medication errors: Patients may receive incorrect medication, medication in the wrong dosage, tainted medication, medication that reacts harmfully with other drugs they are already taking, or medication that causes an allergic reaction
- Surgical errors: Patients may have operations done on the wrong body part or have foreign objects left in their body after a surgery has been completed
- Misdiagnosis: A patient's doctor may fail to order to proper medical tests, fail to review test data in a timely manner or fail to refer to a specialist that is needed for an accurate diagnosis
If you were a victim of hospital negligence, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation. Our team can help you determine what went wrong and launch an investigation to support your case.
Meyerkord & Kurth is a medical malpractice and personal injury law firm with many years of experience in handling cases of doctors’ mistakes and failure to act in ways they should. We want to help the victims of such treatment understand why they have been put through unexpected complications.
You may be able to receive compensation to cover the extra treatments you needed due to a hospital’s mistakes. Even for those with great insurance, medical care can be extremely expensive, especially when specialists get involved. Talk to our team today to learn more about your legal options after a mistake in your care causes difficulties.
We are available at (800) 391-4318 to schedule your free consultation. Call us at any time to get started.
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