How Does Hospital Understaffing Result in Medical Negligence?

Posted on : September 24, 2019

Hospitals are a place for healing illness and injury, so it can be downright shocking when people who are at their most vulnerable are hurt worse while in the care of doctors and nurses. If you or someone you care about were injured at the hospital as a result of understaffing, it’s important that the hospital be held responsible for any further damages that were caused by their negligence. Here’s what you need to know.

Understaffing in Hospitals is a Growing Problem

Understaffing is a more serious problem in American hospitals than many people believe. Two surveys from hospitals in Massachusetts and Michigan indicated that 85% of nurses believed that patient care was being compromised as a result of short-staffing. 25% of nurses who were surveyed suggested that they were aware of at least one patient who had died as a result of hospital understaffing.

How Understaffing Hurts Patients

The outcome of understaffing is not often a happy one. Patients and their family members can suffer devastating repercussions from inadequate hospital staffing, including but not limited to:

  • Falls that result in critical injury
  • Medication errors
  • Infection
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Sepsis (blood infection)
  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Death

Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for an astounding quarter million deaths every year. Most injuries caused by negligence are known as “never events,” or completely preventable mistakes.

What Can You Do to Prove Medical Negligence?

To be eligible for compensation in a medical malpractice case, you must be able to prove the following:

  • The doctor who treated you owed you a duty of care
  • The doctor who treated you breached that duty of care and another doctor with similar training and education would not have done the same
  • You suffered direct harm as a result of the breach of duty of care
  • The injury or illness inflicted on you caused you to incur damages as a result

When to Call a Malpractice Lawyer

When you or someone you love is hurt in a hospital due to understaffing, don’t wait to reach out to a medical malpractice attorney. You may have the right to bring forward a claim for compensation if you were injured as a result of hospital negligence. We understand how catastrophic a malpractice injury can be and what it can do to alter life as you knew it. Contact us today for a consultation at (214)-580-2555.

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