We rely on medical professionals to keep us healthy and save our lives. Unfortunately, many cases lead to situations where we’re left in much worse condition than we were before seeing the doctor. In Indiana, this is more true than ever.
The Indiana Department of Health recently reported that Indiana has set a record for the number of medical errors in a year. Last year, hospitals reported “114 preventable adverse medical events.” This number is up from 2013, and is also higher than the previous record high of 107. This is an unsettling trend for healthcare in Indiana.
The state’s Health Department collects data on 28 different preventable events. These items range from bed sores and falls to serious surgical errors—like leaving medical tools inside patients or performing surgery on the incorrect body part. In fact, new research says that hospital errors are the third leading cause of death nationwide.
Many medical errors have irreversible consequences that can impact patients’ lives forever. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a medical error, it’s important that you know your rights. No one should have to live with injuries resulting from a doctor or nurse’s carelessness.
Have you been injured as a result of medical malpractice? Every Indiana medical malpractice lawyer at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell has experience and can help you explore your options.