Ten California hospitals have been fined by the California Department of Public Health for errors that injured, killed or endangered patients from 2009 to 2011, highlighting the dangers hospital mistakes pose to patients. Amongst the incidents include an overdose of anti-fungal medication that led to death, failure to remove a sponge from a patient after concluding a surgical operation, and leaving a medical clamp inside a patient after surgery. Though the Department of Public Health’s fines help knock these institutions into line, only a lawsuit can get the victims the compensation they need and deserve while also punishing errant doctors and hospitals.
Those who find themselves victimized by hospital or doctor negligence may have a medical malpractice claim. If a patient can prove the doctor owed the patient a duty of care, breached that duty, and the patient’s injuries resulted from that breach, then a claim may succeed. Merely making these claims against a medical professional or a hospital may drive them to settle before the case even goes to trial.
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