Medical Malpractice: Understaffed and Overworked
Cases of medical malpractice can occur for a number of reasons, from shoddy procedures to lack of communication and more. In some situations, medical malpractice may also be the result of hospital staffing issues, including nurse understaffing.
The Impact of Understaffing
According to an article in The New York Times, nurses are typically on the front line when it comes to a patient’s medical care. They are the first ones to respond to a person’s medical needs, document medical records and administer medications. However, this job can’t be done properly if there aren’t enough nurses on the floor.
The higher demands of paperwork along with the increasing complexity of patient cases mean that the amount of time a nurse has for each patient is falling. Also, with hospitals facing more and more financial pressure, the nursing staff often takes a hit because it represents the largest expense for the hospital.
The Role of Nurses
Studies have demonstrated that each extra patient a nurse is responsible for, above the established nurse to patient ratio, increases the likelihood of one of the patients dying by seven percent. It is estimated that 20,000 people may pass away every year because of the understaffing and overworking of nurses.
Research has also shown that when a hospital has an adequate nursing staff, the number of patients that are injured because of a fall and the number of patients who acquire infections in the hospital is reduced significantly.
What You Can Do if You’re a Victim of Medical Malpractice
If you or someone you love is the victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for the damages listed here:
There is a statute of limitations in place limiting the amount of time you have to pursue a medical malpractice claim. In the state of Florida, this time limit can be as little as two years after the injury occurs. Because the specific length of the applicable statute of limitations in a medical malpractice lawsuit can be quite complicated and depends on the particular facts of the case, it is imperative to hire an attorney who understands Florida’s medical malpractice law.
If you need help or more information about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton by calling 904-414-4906. We can help you get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)