The New York Times is reporting that a study of hospital errors in North Carolina found that 1 in 6 patients are harmed by the medical staff charged with their care.
Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys urge patients and families to consult with a law firm experienced in handling medical malpractice claims in instances where a patient is harmed or suffers a fatal injury or illness while under hospital care.
The study, conducted at 10 hospitals in North Carolina, found that injuries did not decrease over time, despite safety programs put in place after a landmark study in 1999 found that medical error caused an estimated 98,000 deaths and more than 1 million injuries each year in the United States. Ironically, North Carolina was chosen because the state has done a better job than most of incorporating such safety training.
The most common North Carolina hospital injuries included:
-Complications of prescribed medication or drug therapy.
-Severe bleeding during operations.
-Breathing problems due to procedural error.
-Vaginal cuts during child birth.
In 63.1 percent of the cases, the accidents were judged to be preventable. A report issued by the government in 2008 came to a similar conclusion: 15,000 Medicaid patients died in one month due to preventable medical error. In all, 13.5 percent of patients were harmed.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed by professional negligence in North or South Carolina, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.