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When things go wrong in hospitals, patients can suffer

When you to go to the hospital, you do so because you need medical treatment and care that you cannot get from a doctor's office. Whether it's for surgery, medical tests or other reasons, you trust that the hospital staff and providers will treat your medical concern and provide you with quality care. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

Sometimes, mistakes and negligent care can occur in a hospital, which often has adverse effects on a patient. If you suffered harm or a worsening of your condition while you were a Delaware hospital, you could be a victim of medical mistakes, improper care or another preventable factor. This could be grounds for a medical malpractice claim, an option that allows you to pursue reasonable compensation.

Common types of hospital errors

A lot of things can go wrong in the hospital. This is a place where many people seek various different types of medical care at once. There are also many doctors, nurses, technicians and other types of care providers working alongside each other. It is easy to see how simple mistakes can happen, which is why procedures, safety measures and patient-care policies should be a priority. Common types of hospital errors include:

  • Problems with information – In a hospital, a doctor may diagnose a patient, a nurse may give the medication and a technician may check for vital signs. They are often doing this at different times of day, and it is crucial to log patient information carefully and thoroughly.
  • Communication errors – Good verbal and written communication procedures are crucial to the well-being and proper care of a patient. This includes communication involving the doctor, nurses, patient, patient's family and others.
  • Patient-related problems – Medical errors can happen when there are issues with the direct care of a patient, such as failing to obtain consent, failure to properly diagnose, wrong-site surgery and more. Problems can also happen when there is insufficient patient communication.

Hospital errors can cause harm to a patient and cause complications for his or her family. If you believe that you are the victim of any type of medical malpractice while you were in the hospital, you may find it beneficial to seek guidance from an experienced malpractice attorney. An assessment of your case can help you see if you have grounds to pursue compensation through the civil justice system.

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