Medical Mistakes at Highline Medical Center
Highline Medical Center's mission is to provide excellence in patient care and in all of their medical services. The Auburn hospital does a wonderful job helping many, many people each year. But there have been known problems at the facility with medical errors. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Highline Medical Center every year.
Interesting Statistics: 18,999 medical malpractice payment reports made in the US for 2002. Source: 2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank. In the year 2001 plaintiffs won 27% of medical malpractice cases. Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Proving a medical malpractice case is much different and more complex than with other personal injury claims. The facts surrounding your claim are based on past medical records and testimony from medical experts who are familiar with your type of case.
A “complex” case type simply means that expert testimony and medical records are a vital component to proving that the healthcare professional responsible for treating you did act negligently. The combination of strong medical evidence and qualified expert testimony gives victims the best possible chance of financial recovery.
Medical Negligence & Never Events
Doctors are held to a certain standard or duty of care when it comes to caring for their patients, and failure to take reasonable precautionary steps or actions to avoid undesirable outcomes may be consider medical negligence. "Never events" is an official term used to describe negligent situations which are inexcusable and should never be allowed to happen if doctors follow the proper protocol.
Examples of common "Never Events" include:
- Sponges or other devices left inside of a patient;
- 'Wrong-site' surgery or amputation of wrong limb or body part;
- Delays in treatment;
- Medication errors;
- Patient falls;
Other Types Of Negligence
Failure to properly clean medical instruments - especially those used for invasive surgical procedures - can lead to serious infections and other medical issues in patients who are vulnerable. There are a number of other missteps and oversights that can lead to serious infections, most of which are avoidable and entirely preventable.
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