When Fayetteville residents are hospitalized for injuries or illnesses, they trust that they are in good hands. Hospitals are supposed to be safe places for patients, especially since doctors and nurses are treating and monitoring hundreds of vulnerable patients. Failing to adhere to hospital practices and deviating from the standard of care in any way could put vulnerable patients at risk of suffering further health complications, or even fatal injuries.
Every year, medical professionals in North Carolina and across the U.S. are responsible for making some serious mistakes that can have long-lasting and permanent effects on patients and their families. Performing surgery on the wrong side of the body, misdiagnosing an illness and giving a patient the wrong medication are all serious medical errors that could cause a patient to suffer major or fatal health complications.
Patients don't check in to North Carolina hospitals expecting their conditions to get worse after receiving the proper treatment or surgery they may need. Quality health care and patient safety are expected to be top priorities for hospitals and medical professionals.
Medical malpractice can happen under a variety of circumstances in Fayetteville and throughout the entire state of North Carolina. A doctor could mistakenly perform surgery on the wrong side of a patient's body, a nurse could fail to properly monitor a patient who has been given a strong painkiller and a hospital's inadequate policies and procedures could certainly jeopardize the health and safety of patients.
A HealthGrades study in 2004 which encompassed Medicare patients in all 50 states found that nearly 200,000 Americans died each year in 2000, 2001 and 2002 because of in-hospital medical errors. That is a staggering statistic which makes hospital errors one of the top ten causes of death in our country!