Injurious medical errors happen more than you might expect, and the consequences can be devastating. In fact, the Office of the Inspector General has estimated that the federal government spends more than $4 billion annually to address medical errors in treatment covered by Medicare. It has also been estimated that hospitals report less than 1 percent of adverse medical events, which are defined as harmful events caused by medical care.
A report from a local news station highlights the risks patients may face when they go in for medical treatment. One woman, who has a lawsuit currently pending in Mahoning County, went to a hospital for a routine hysterectomy procedure. When she woke up after the surgery, she was in excruciating pain.
The mother of three came to find out that her bowel had been nicked during the procedure. Surgeons repaired the injury by removing seven inches of her bowel, but now she says that, with all the medications she has to take, her purse is like a pharmacy. She described her ongoing ordeal as a nightmare.
While the Affordable Care Act has led to insurance coverage for more Americans, there is concern that the rate of medical errors will rise as more patients seek treatment. If you have been injured because of medical negligence, then do not hesitate to contact a medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer can investigate your case, gather the evidence you need, and build a strong claim for compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs resulting from the injury.