Studies show that hundreds of thousands of people die every year in America due to hospital errors. A report published in the Journal of Patient Safety last year documents that the number of deaths due to preventable hospital errors ranges from 210,000 to 400,000 each year. Unfortunately, recent data and reports suggest that these deaths and other injuries may increase in 2016, which is why it is crucial you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you or a loved one have been inured because of a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence.
Negligence can take many forms. It can be the result of failing to ask a patient the right questions, misdiagnosing a disorder, or missing a symptom altogether. Medical malpractice can also occur from who the hospital hires. A hospital is generally responsible for the conduct of its employees during work hours, and is expected to hire qualified professionals. One Denver, Colorado hospital is now facing several lawsuits after they allegedly failed to properly investigate and supervise one of their employees.
Rocky Allen has reportedly been indicted on two federal counts alleging he was caught stealing a syringe filled with fentanyl from an operating room. Reportedly, he had previously been fired from four other hospitals. Allen was also court-martialed in 2011, when he was serving with the Navy in Afghanistan, for the theft of fentanyl. Court testimony also revealed that he is carrying an undisclosed bloodborne pathogen. Reportedly, none of this was looked into before Allen was hired by The Swedish Medical Center as a surgical technician in August of 2015.
Several patients have now come forward to file a personal injury lawsuit against Swedish Medical Center for negligently hiring Allen. The lawsuits of three different patients, Angelica Porras, Catherine Pecha and Gary Wolter, allege that they and other patients were exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by Allen. This is allegedly because Allen was allowed to interact with patients and came into contact with medical instruments during surgery, which could expose a patient to any bloodborne pathogen contained within Allen’s body. The hospital has offered free blood tests to nearly 3,000 patients that had interactions with Allen.
Medicine and medical procedures can be extremely complicated and things may get overlooked, but health care professionals are held to an extremely high standard of care. This is because their mistakes can result in a serious injury, or as in this case, a wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured because of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering and other injuries. Please call our Boston medical malpractice lawyer experts to learn more about your legal options at (617) 787-3700, or if you prefer, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.