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Hospital negligence and injuries

When Arizona residents need medical care, they most likely go to the hospital with the expectation that they will improve. Unfortunately, many people end up being seriously injured or dying because of medical mistakes that happen. Each year in the U.S., an estimated 440,000 people die because of medical errors that happen while they are hospitalized.

Computer checks don't catch all medication errors

Medication errors are a serious concern for hospital patients in Arizona and throughout the nation. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that around 1 out of 20 hospital patients was injured by medications in 2015. To prevent medication errors from taking place, most hospitals have instituted some type of computerized medication system. These systems are supposed to prevent medication errors by checking for potential dangers.

The limits of medical malpractice in Arizona

If an individual is prescribed pain medication, drives from the hospital and causes an accident, the doctor may be liable for third-party damages. This is what a New York court determined in one case that took place in 2009. A woman drove herself home from the hospital shortly after receiving pain medication, and she was not warned of the dangers of doing so.

Brain death policies vary among hospitals

According to a study published on Dec. 28 in JAMA Neurology, brain death policies vary widely from hospital to hospital in Arizona and nationwide. This is troubling because clear national guidelines on the requirements necessary for declaring a patient brain dead were issued by the American Academy of Neurology in 2010.

Woman dies after refusing to leave the hospital

Arizona residents may be interested to learn about the death of a woman in Florida. The 57-year-old woman died after she was arrested at Calhoun Liberty Hospital on Dec. 21. Shortly before her death, the woman was being escorted out of the hospital by a police officer for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Slips and falls in a medical facility may be complicated

There has been a debate in courts in some states on whether an individual who is injured in a fall in a hospital might be able to pursue a lawsuit to recover damages as a slip and fall injury or as medical malpractice. The importance of this is related to both the procedural issues connected to medical malpractice in Arizona and other jurisdictions and the impact this has on the case and the cost of litigating it.

Duty of care and medical malpractice in Arizona

A plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must demonstrate that a health care provider owed a duty of care. To establish this, the patient must show that there was a relationship with that provider when the malpractice took place. Generally, it must be shown that the relationship was voluntary.

Lack of insurance may not be malpractice

Arizona residents may be interested to learn that in at least one state, a court ruled that a doctor cannot be sued for not carrying malpractice insurance. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that after a doctor improperly placed screws in a patient's foot, it would be the responsibility of the state medical board to discipline him for not being insured and not the court.

Medical errors caused by U.S. hospitals

Arizona patients may be aware of the risk of adverse effects that can occur from being admitted to a hospital. According to statistics, approximately 4 percent of hospitalized patients eventually develop a hospital-acquired infection that could be resistant to antibiotics. These adverse events claim about 23,000 lives each year. Overall, preventable errors at hospitals kill about 400,000 people annually.

Reducing the potential for medical malpractice litigation

Health care providers can create problems for themselves when they ignore the basic needs and rights of their patients. A selfie with an unconscious patient, for example, is probably contrary to the privacy rights of that person. Such an invasion of privacy could become even more serious if the patient has a negative outcome. Arizona residents may remember that Joan Rivers' death during a routine procedure included such a scenario. At least one physician took a photo with the patient after she was unconscious.

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