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What are common kinds of damages from hospital accidents?

If you are anticipating going into the hospital for treatment, surgery, or a procedure, you might benefit from knowing about some of the dangers in order to possibly avoid them. Alternately, if you were injured while in the hospital, you may be questioning what rights you have insofar as recovering your damages. Whether or not your injury is listed below, you may be eligible to receive a substantial settlement for your accident related costs.

Hospital Visits

There are many reasons for why someone may admit themselves into a hospital. Any one of those scenarios can present an opportunity for something to go wrong. Patients have been seriously injured when going into the hospital for any of the following reasons:

  •  A surgical procedure. Whether this is a routine surgery or a specialized surgery, there is a risk of complications.
  • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia. In the most serious cases, this can be fatal.
  • The surgeon removes the wrong body part. This is usually not reversible.
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging which can be fatal.
  • Post-surgery, the wrong medication or dosage is prescribed. This can dramatically slow the treatment period, worsen the condition, create new issues particularly with side effects from the wrong medication, or cause an allergic reaction.
  • Improperly sterilized surgical tools which lead to severe or fatal infection.
  • The surgeon leaves a tool or dressing inside the body cavity which leads to internal infection. In the most serious cases, this can be fatal.
  • Improper or inadequate measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of infectious diseases spreading from one patient to other patients.
  • Emergency treatment. In seeking emergency treatment for a condition that puts the patient at risk for death of not immediately treated, the patient may have no choice about which physician treats them. As a result, they are at the mercy of the medical provider and the hospital itself.
  • The condition of the facility may not be sufficiently clean, leading to the patient succumbing to a serious or fatal infection.
  • The physician’s level of experience and skill may be subpar, and as a result they misdiagnose the patient’s condition, which means they are not treated and as a result their condition worsens. In addition, the wrong treatment is provided which can lead to additional issues, particularly if the wrong medication is also prescribed.

If you were injured in a hospital accident of any kind, contact the top hospital injury lawyers Memphis, TN has to offer immediately. After a review of your case, you may gain the insight you need to decide how you want to proceed. Having a full understanding of your legal rights is vital in order to protect them. Call us today to schedule a free case review with our hospital accident lawyer to learn more.


Thank you to our friend and contributors at Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC for their insight into hospital accidents and injuries.


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