Hospitals are Highly Dangerous and Risky Places
Around 180,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals. Though we expect a large number of deaths to occur in the facilities, a majority of these deaths are avoidable. In fact, medical negligence and substandard care at hospitals are now cited as the major cause of so many of these deaths.
A recent study by Consumer Reports on hospital safety, covering 2,031 U.S. hospitals, rated hospitals on their safety standards.The study computed the safety score considering five key measures – re-admission rates, hospital-acquired infections, rate of complications, overuse of CT scans, and lack of communication about medications and discharges.
Shockingly a majority of the hospitals did not make the standard grade. On a scale of 100, the average safety score for all hospitals stood at a failing grade of 49. Two out of every three hospitals scored below this average grade, the lowest score being 14. The highest ranked hospital scored only 74 points (basically, the highest grade in the class would have been a C). These results indicate a strong need for the improvement of our hospitals across the nation. Even the highest ranking hospitals are still below what our healthcare standards should be. How can we put our faith in a system that is so clearly failing us?
This just goes to show that although most hospitals talk highly of safety, they do not adhere to their own standards, and the result is thousands of unfortunate and unnecessary deaths. While hospitals definitely need to work at tightening their standards of care and safety, what do victims who have suffered do?
If you or your loved one have been a victim of medical negligence or a lack of proper care, you can attain justice by claiming damages for wrongful death or personal injury.
Both the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act and the wrongful death laws in Indiana have provisions to award damages to victims who suffer due to the negligence or mistake of medical practitioners and hospitals. But extracting such compensation is a complicated process, and success requires the services of an experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorney.
Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your case. We do not charge anything upfront; you pay only when you receive the settlement, making it both risk-free and hassle-free. We have the experience you need to fight your medical negligence case and win the compensation you deserve!