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Hospitals: A potential source of patient harm

Unfortunately, patients are sometimes subjected to harm in the very place they go to protect their health. Various patient dangers can arise at hospitals. A recent Huffington Post article went over some sources of harm that can come up at these facilities, including:

  • Surgical smoke.
  • Incorrect diagnoses.
  • Unnecessary tests.
  • Left-behind objects. Examples of objects that could get accidentally left behind in a patient during a surgery include clamps, retractors, needles, scissors and sponges.

Many different problems at hospitals can lead to patients being exposed to hazardous situations during their stays. This includes communication problems, doctor incompetence, equipment problems, lack of appropriate safety policies, issues with a hospital's systems or technology and failure by a hospital to ensure its safety policies are followed. So, there are numerous ways a hospital could end up putting its patients at risk.

When harmed by any type of hospital negligence, a patient can have many significant concerns. For example, they may worry about their future care needs, their financial situation, their future employability and the impacts the injury will have on their everyday life.

In the midst of all these concerns, it could be easy for a hospital negligence victim to overlook legal matters. However, it can be very important to not ignore such issues. Just as hospital negligence can have a major effect on a person's life, so too can compensation issues on that person's future. Skilled medical malpractice attorneys can help victims of hospital negligence make sure important legal matters aren't falling through the cracks.

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