Modern hospitals are supposed to be monuments of healing—hallowed halls of white—clean, sterile, and quiet. But in truth they are the third leading cause of death in the US. According to Hospital Safety Score, preventable hospital errors account for 440,000 deaths annually. Included in this figure are deaths resulting from hospital falls, drops, and collisions.
The dynamics of human mobility are dramatically altered once you are admitted to a hospital. Depending on your condition, you could be wheeled, carried, transferred, rolled, propped, or lifted up and moved. If you are allowed to walk, you are likely wearing a gown and pushing your IV stand while you navigate the freshly mopped halls.
Nurses and orderlies can make mistakes and lose control of your body or leave you unattended while they check on another patient. You could have been in surgery for an appendectomy and you might leave the hospital with a broken leg and a concussion. These mistakes happen all too often
This kind of accident is a tragedy and one that hospitals are very sensitive about.
Holding The Responsible Parties Liable
As an experienced patient fall attorney, Matt Menzer is aware of all that can go wrong in a hospital environment. Moving patients and keeping them safe and secure is a serious component of hospital care. Accidents occur when training and safety procedures are ignored or when hospital staff are overworked and corners are cut. When hospital personnel follow proper procedures patient falls are rare.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a patient fall or drop or any other kind of physical accident in the hospital, you will want your attorney to take it seriously and focus on your needs. You will want the funds to get the proper care for your injuries, and fair compensation for your out-of-pocket expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. You or a family member should give Menzer Law Firm a call at 206-903-1818 or contact us online as soon as you are able. As with any liability case, acting sooner than later is important.