When people visit a hospital in New Mexico, they are placing a large amount of trust in their health care provider and the attending staff to give them high-quality care after completing a thorough examination to make a diagnosis. However, they are also responsible for guaranteeing their safety by implementing measures that will protect their wellbeing.
In hospitals across the country, patients are mistreated in many ways, unfortunately. However, some examples of hospital negligence are less common and receive less attention, which is why patients and their loved ones should be aware of the many different ways in which hospital negligence may manifest in Albuquerque or another part of New Mexico. For example, someone who is staying in a hospital may be hurt due to falling down on a slick floor or as a result of some other unsafe property condition, such as a tripping hazard that was not addressed. Moreover, these accidents may constitute malpractice as well.
Generally speaking, New Mexico hospitals are places of healing. However, with the amount of foot traffic, both inpatient and visitor as well as bodily fluids and liquid supplies, you may come out of the medical facility more injured than when you entered. At Curtis & Lucero, we have experience representing individuals who have had a slip-and-fall injury in a hospital.
When you go to the hospital in New Mexico, it’s typically because you are sick or injured. You check in with the goal of receiving treatment to feel better and to ensure the injuries are attended to for proper healing. Unfortunately, in some cases, the situation not only doesn’t improve, it takes a turn for the worse. At Curtis & Lucero, we understand that if the hospital refuses responsibility for injuries caused while under their care, you need someone to fight for you.
When you check in at a clinic or hospital in New Mexico, you will likely receive a clipboard with a sheaf of papers to read and fill out. You may speak to two or three people after you turn these in, but before you see a physician, and each of these communication opportunities also comes with the inherent risk of a mistake. At the law office of Curtis & Lucero, we recognize that errors in the registration process can make the difference in whether or not a patient receives the proper care.
When parents take their child to a New Mexico hospital, they expect to at least be seen by a doctor. However, according to U.S. News, one couple reportedly lost their 15-year-old son to an internal infection because he was not adequately screened. As a result of the mistake made that evening, their lawsuit states, they were told it would take eight hours before a doctor could come and examine the boy. He died the next day.
We have covered many of the different forms of hospital negligence, which can be incredibly devastating for patients and those they love. It is important to realize some of the other ways in which hospital mistakes may take place. For example, a hospital error may occur while a person is in an emergency room. Sadly, those who are sent to the ER may be struggling with a serious injury or condition and when medical professionals make mistakes during this time, the consequences can be especially disastrous. In New Mexico, those who have suffered due to a mistake in an emergency department should immediately assess their options.
We have addressed many of the different ways in which hospital negligence occurs, from patients developing bed sores due to inadequate care to medical professional workers rushing or lacking the experience they need to perform their job duties properly. Unfortunately, these examples of negligent behavior can be especially hard for certain victims and those they love. In some cases, a patient who suffers as a result of hospital negligence may sustain a permanent injury, which can be incredibly upsetting and bring a number of hardships that will follow them for the rest of their life.
Medical professionals sometimes make honest mistakes, resulting in an incredible amount of unnecessary patient suffering. However, there are also negligent medical workers who intentionally show no regard for the well-being of patients, which can be particularly upsetting. Hospital negligence takes many forms and happens in all sorts of ways, from mistakes involving the prescription of medication to bed sores as a result of neglect. However, some patients experience a great deal of suffering because of delayed assistance.
Patients who receive care in hospitals across New Mexico expect that the medical professionals in charge of their well-being will perform their job responsibilities properly. Sadly, this is not always the case in Albuquerque and other parts of the state. Sometimes, hospital workers fail to provide patients with the quality of care they deserve because they are in a rush, do not care, or are confused (misreading information due to another person's poor handwriting, for example). However, some medical professionals make mistakes because they are inexperienced and have not encountered certain situations very often or ever before.