Hospitals must tell patients and their families when they have been
hurt by a hospital error. As many as 98,000 people die each year
from medical errors. The medical community is trying to make health
care safer, but the effort has been hampered partly because of the
way that errors are handled.
When a mistake is made today, there is no legal requirement that a
patient be told. The result is that those close to the error know of
the mistake, but the event is kept secret. Left hidden, common
medical mistakes are rarely identified quickly and studied for ways
to make the health care system safer. In short, errors are not
reported because caregivers are fearful they will be punished. To
create a culture of safety, caregivers must feel safe that they are
not going to be punished and that the system is designed to protect
them when they do make a human error.
If you or a loved one believe you may have been injured by your
healthcare system, contact us today. We are specialized in handling
medical malpractice suits and can quickly determine if you should
pursue your case.
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