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Accidents in hospitals can and do happen. But are they preventable? If standard care practices and safety protocols are in place and were followed, would an injury have occurred?
These were the kinds of questions Belleville General Hospital officials were investigating after the mother of newborn learned her son had suffered a head fracture and subdural hematoma after being dropped by a nurse who fell asleep while feeding him. Although officials at the hospital said there were no extenuating circumstances that contributed to this fall, they told the press they would nonetheless investigate a broad range of possible factors including: chair design, lighting and traffic in the maternity department.
Medical Errors Do Happen
This incident is one of the tens of thousands of adverse events that occur in hospitals across Canada every year, and unfortunately it shows that Belleville’s medical facilities are not immune. Research indicates that one out of every 13 patients in Canadian hospitals will experience a serious adverse event during their stay and 40 percent of these are preventable. Studies also suggest the rate of adverse events – which include surgical or medication errors, acquired brain injuries, birth injuries and spinal cord damage – is even higher among children.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
When the standards of professional medical care are breached and a doctor’s, nurse’s or medical facility’s negligence causes an injury, it’s called medical malpractice. In these cases, patients who have sustained serious injuries may be able to make a claim for compensation and damages for their pain, suffering and losses.
Your Right To Fair Compensation
Howie, Sacks and Henry’s trusted medical malpractice lawyers have built a strong reputation for their skillful handling of these specialized cases. Our team has extensive experience with complex medical issues and conditions and we have the determination to help our Belleville clients every step of the way in their fight to achieve fair compensation for the harm they or their loved one have experienced.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury due to a medical professional’s or facility’s negligence, HSH medical malpractice lawyers will be pleased to meet you in your own home or at our nearby Belleville consultation office to discuss the incident and your hopes and fears as you contemplate making a claim. Our compassionate and caring team will always treat you as a person first and foremost, and never as just a case.
Help Is A Call Away
We greatly value our medical practitioners and facilities and the important work they do to help patients in need medical attention because they have a high standard of care and professionalism. But when their negligent actions breach that standard of care and cause or contribute to serious injury or death, HSH medical malpractice lawyers are here to help ensure you and your loved ones are protected and compensated for the harm you have experienced.
News You Can Use
- “Mother Suing Ontario Hospital After Nurse Falls Asleep and Drops Premature Son, Fracturing His Skull”. Read The Article on The National Post.
- “Inside Canada’s Secret World of Medical Error”. Read The Article on The National Post.
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