Studies have shown that, the lower the staff numbers, the greater likelihood that patients will end up suffering risks. Insufficient numbers of staff members have been linked to inadequate patient monitoring, medication errors, failure to properly record patient information, and a lack of responsiveness to the needs of the patient overall. Because of the growing numbers of people in need of help from hospitals, nurse staffing is a very important and growing issue in society.
Medical errors due to short staffing can not only lead to injuries and other patient harm, but also become fatal. For each patient that a nurse was responsible for monitoring and couldn’t, their risk of dying increased by 7% after 30 days. Not only does this affect the quality given to the patient, but it also leads to less ideal work situations for nurses as well. Unfortunately, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are unable to determine when they have a nurse shortage or too many patients to care for. This could end up leading to a medical malpractice claim.
Taking Steps in a Malpractice Case
With the help of an attorney, you will be able to get in touch with the medical professionals involved in your case so that you can determine the best settlement options before you go to court. You may only have a short period of time to file a claim, so you should work immediately to get the help you need in your case. If a lack in hospital staff caused you or a loved one to suffer injuries or illness, you may have a case. Call us today for more information on how to move forward.