Philadelphia Hospital Error Lawyer
Pennsylvania has more than 260 licensed hospitals where more than 1.8 million people are admitted and nearly 41 million people are treated annually. Philadelphia is the mecca for hospital errors, and accounts for the majority of medical mistakes in PA. Common ways medical errors can happen:
- Treatment of the wrong person
- Surgical equipment left inside a patient's body
- The surgical staff has error of equipment count
- Lost patients
- Patients with dementia who are prone to wandering, are left unsupervised, walk away, become trapped while wandering and die from hypothermia or dehydration.
- Doctor misreads medical report
- Operating on the incorrect part of body
- Hospital employees not washing hands
- Confusing one medicine or dose for another
- Infection infestation
- Emergency patients wait too long to get help and get sicker while waiting for care.
- Diagnostic error
- Confusion of chest tube and a feeding tube, medicine meant for feeding tube put in chest tube.
- Unlicensed doctors
- Wrong amount of anesthesia may cause a patient to wake up during surgery. Some patients feel everything but can't speak or move.
- Emergency room wait is too long
- Air bubbles in blood
- Failing to monitor patient
- Inserting the wrong tube into a patient
- Radiology error
- Inadequate anesthesia
- Communication error
- Chart mix-ups
- Improper procedure
Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals may be responsible for these and many other medical errors. Contact the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers, to receive a free confidential consultation.