Thursday, February 19, 2015
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in NYC and the Rate of Medication Errors
Hospital infection is just the tip of the iceberg here. Hospitals are also susceptible to giving out wrong medications, which can lead to death, especially for veterans; according to recent VA statistics, more than 500 military veterans died due to medication errors at Veteran Affairs hospitals across the country between 2010 and 2014. The Veterans Health Association has found a total of more than a thousand “institutional disclosures of adverse events” (such events include untoward incidents, diagnostic or therapeutic misadventures, or other occurrences of harm or potential harm to a patient, including errors in giving out a medication), which led to 526 patient deaths. Letting time pass by after the death of a loved one due to these adverse events isn’t advisable, and it’s best to talk to an NYC medical malpractice lawyer, especially if the death could have been prevented.