In Hawaii and other states, elderly citizens sometimes find themselves in need of assistance from professional medical or nursing care staffs. Adult children are often responsible for the care of an elderly parent and do their best to ensure that their mother or father is receiving quality and appropriate care. There are some instances, however, when adult children claim that their parents have become victims of caretaker negligence, sometimes with tragic results.
Medical patients, including those in Hawaii, have the right to expect appropriate care when being treated by medical staff. Those who suffer injury or illness deemed to have been caused by medical professional negligence have the right to pursue formal litigation in a civil court in order to seek compensation for damages. A recent case involved a patient who claims that her ankle was permanently disfigured and disabled by a physician's failure to treat an infection that occurred after surgery.
In Hawaii and all other states, it is considered medical malpractice when a hospital patient suffers injury, illness or death due to negligence, mistakes or other wrongful actions on the part of medical staff. A fatal medical error is alleged to have caused the recent death of a military veteran. The decedent's family has pursued legal action against the hospital where the death of their loved one occurred.
Medical malpractice remains an issue in Hawaii and throughout the nation. Professional negligence, surgical errors and misdiagnoses are among the common causes of injuries to patients, worsened medical conditions and deaths. One woman recently claimed that her trip to the emergency room was prompted by an overdose dispensed by a nurse through her intravenous line.
At times, medical treatment falls below prescribed standards and results in the injury, illness or death of a patient due to the negligence or other professional error of medical staff. When someone entrusts his or care physical health to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, there is always some risk involved. Hawaii patients will want to be aware and alert with regard to receiving medication in a hospital or nursing environment in an effort to prevent overdose. The Department of Public Health recently issued a penalty of $50,000 against a hospital in another state.
A patient undergoing surgery must place a certain amount of trust in the medical staff which will conduct the operation and provide for his or her care. Hawaii residents and others usually assume that safety precautions and careful measures will be taken in order to prevent doctor error and/or surgical mistakes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as was made evident in a recent patient incident in another state.
A good night's sleep is often said to be the key to good health and a well-functioning body. Some jobs, however, require a person to remain awake for extensive periods of time. Those who serve as nurses in Hawaii and elsewhere have jobs that fall into this category. An increasing concern has been voiced by some who feel that fatigue can lead to nursing negligence and potentially serious mistakes.
Giving birth to a baby is often said to be one of the most wonderful experiences life has to offer. Unfortunately, on occasion, everything during the labor and delivery process does not go as smoothly as planned. Still, even when a child is born with special challenges or physical disabilities, parents are known to revel in the joyous addition to their family. However, when those ailments or injuries are due to hospital negligence, as is alleged in one case outside Hawaii, parents might unexpectedly find themselves in need of legal representation.
The suffering or loss of a loved one understandably brings grief and sorrow to all involved. When illness or death is thought to be caused by mistakes or medical negligence, frustration or even anger can sometimes accompany the sadness. Hawaii residents who believe that they have suffered illness or that a family member has died due to an apparent fault in the medical care he or she received are eligible to pursue consultation with a professional legal team experienced in medical malpractice claims in order to determine whether legal action would seem prudent in their case.
Just into the new year, many people across the nation continue to be focused on their desire for good health. A common thought among many is that the care provided by the nation's myriad medical facilities and health professionals stands in need of improvement. Patients throughout the country, including some in Hawaii, have taken matters into their own hands by being on the alert for medical mistakes which can have an adverse affect on a person's health.