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People commonly think of medical malpractice in terms of individual health care providers, but hospitals and entire health care systems can be liable for causing patient harm. These facilities are also bound by a duty to provide care, and patients can suffer serious injuries through hospital negligence. According to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 19 of the 44 hospitals in South Florida received a C grade based upon responses to an in-depth survey. The remaining facilities, fortunately, were graded either A or B. 

If you suffered harm because a hospital breached the duty of care, your rights and remedies are similar to medical malpractice actions. The legal process is equally complex, however, so it is wise to rely on a Miami hospital malpractice attorney for assistance. Some additional statistics on hospital malpractice in South Florida reveal substantial concerns in several key areas.

Infections

The whole point of taking medications is to treat or relieve a medical condition, so it is unfortunate that the health care providers we trust can commit serious errors. According to a report published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 1.5 million people suffer harm from medication mistakes. Plus, adverse drug events (ADEs) lead to more than 3.5 million physician’s visits, 1 million visits to the emergency room, and 125,000 admissions to the hospital. In all, the society costs hover around $3.5 billion, but the losses to individual patients can be devastating.

If you suffered injuries because of a health care provider’s medication error, it is critical to consult with a Miami medical malpractice lawyer about your legal options. When you review how the specific drug mistakes described below can lead to serious complications, you will understand why.

How Medication Errors Happen

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