Today’s American society puts a lot of faith and trust into doctors and healthcare professionals. We rely on these medical professionals to fix our health problems. Unfortunately, there are times when health care workers act in a negligent manner. This is known as medical malpractice. It is not uncommon for medical malpractice instances to result in the patient dying. In fact, over 98,000 people die every year as a direct result of preventable medical errors.
Losing a loved one due to wrongful death in Illinois is a devastating and saddening event. It often leaves those close to the victim angry and confused. When caused by medical malpractice, it is often confusing as to what could have possibly gone wrong.
Four common things that can go wrong and create a wrongful death situation in a medical environment are:
- Surgical errors. There are many errors that can take place before, during, and after a surgery. Most of these errors can be avoided by following established procedures and clear communication between professionals.
- Infection. Every year, healthcare-associated infections (HAI) affect approximately two million patients. It has been estimated that one in every 20 hospitalized patients will contract some form of an HAI. Many of these infections can be prevented by proper care of health professionals.
- Medication errors. Many times patients are given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a prescription drug. Patients may also be given medications to which they are allergic, or drugs that interact dangerously with other medications they have been prescribed. Dosage and prescription errors can result in death. Patients may also be given medications they are allergic to.
- Healthcare worker fatigue. Nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals often work long hours with very little time to rest between shifts. Evidence has shown that fatigue of these professionals makes it more likely that an error will occur.
If you have recently lost a family member or loved one due to wrongful death, it is important to understand your legal options. As hard as it may be to consider taking action during a time of mourning, those who are responsible should be held responsible. Contact a Gurnee wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a compassionate and understanding attorney that will get you the compensation you deserve. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free consultation.