When people suddenly fall ill or are sustain and accidental injury, their first stop is often the closest hospital emergency department. While hospitals exist to provide for the medical needs of the public, they also must remain financially viable. As in any situation where goods or services are exchanged for money, there is an inherent desire on the part of administrators to keep operating costs down. When hospitals cut staff, they increase the risk of overworked employees making mistakes and not being able to maintain an adequate standard of care for their patients, sometimes with catastrophic results. It is important for anyone who believes that they or a loved one has been injured due to hospital understaffing to contact an experienced Framingham personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
According to a report published at Metrowestdailynews.com last week, nearby Marlborough Hospital has announced that it will lay off 10 employees and significantly cut hours for another 31. Marlborough Hospital is part of UMass Memorial Health Care, whose other hospital UMass Memorial Medical Center also announced the complete or partial elimination of 99 positions. In a press release the hospital indicated that the cuts were necessary to maintain financial sustainability and to provide high-quality health care.
When hospitals are understaffed, fewer employees are responsible for ensuring the well-being of the patients being treated at the hospital. Overworked employees are often fatigued and more likely to make errors. Hospitals can sometimes be held liable for the negligent acts of their employees, meaning that recover for a medical error can often be significant. Some of the more common types of errors that can occur because of understaffed hospitals and emergency departments include the following:
There are many other ways a hospital or hospital staff may negligently harm a patient. A Framingham personal injury lawyer familiar with handling medical error cases will be able to review your case and determine whether any evidence of negligence exists. It is important for people injured by medical errors to be aware that these kinds of claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a person can file a claim. As a result, it is extremely important to retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible after a medical error occurs or is suspected.
Attorney Daniel Cappetta is a former prosecutor who aggressively pursues justice for his clients through the legal system. Medical errors can entitle victims to significant compensation, and in some cases may be the only way that victims may be able to provide for themselves or their families. In order to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cappetta, call our office today at (508) 762-4540. If you would prefer to reach us via email, please fill out and submit the online contact form on the right side of this page.