When individuals visit the hospital, they have the right to expect accurate, timely care. While some emergency rooms may see a higher than average number of patients, medical professionals still have the responsibility to accurately diagnose and treat urgent cases that come to them. Sadly, hospital negligence often leads to long-term complications from injuries, and sometimes cases of negligence can be fatal.
Our Albuquerque readers may be interested in the actions one man is taking to shed light on the problem of hospital negligence. After losing his mother to a heart attack while she waited to be seen at the emergency room, one man has launched a campaign entitled "State of Emergency!" to try to draw attention to the problem of negligence in hospitals and prevent similar tragedies from happening to others.
The Dallas man lost his 81-year-old mother on Feb. 11, 2011, when they went to the Dallas Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services began an investigation into her death, strongly suggesting in its report that she did not receive the care she needed at the critical time. Since his mother's death, the man has been studying the problem, collecting stories and arranging petition signings. In addition, he is having a dialog with his local elected officials in an attempt to have his story heard in the state legislature.
While most doctors and nurses act in the best interests of their patients, cases of hospital negligence can occur, and the results can be devastating. Those who are hurt because of the action or inaction of staff at a hospital need to know what rights they have. When injured in this way, individuals can seek compensation for their emotional and physical injuries and hold medical professionals responsible for their actions or inaction.
Source: The Dallas Weekly, "Mother dies from negligent care at hospital; son works to improve health laws to make hospitals more accountable," Gordon Jackson, Jan. 18, 2013