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Care at Rehab Hospitals May Result in Harm to One Third of Patients

Health care institutions such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes have a duty to provide adequate care for patients. When facilities fail in their duties, patients may suffer serious injuries. Many instances of medical malpractice have facility negligence as the underlying cause. Ultimately, the facility is responsible for its staff, grounds and services. In a recent study performed by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was found that "29 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse or temporary harm events during their rehab hospital stays, resulting in temporary harm; prolonged stays or transfers to other hospitals; permanent harm; life-sustaining intervention; or death." 

Patients normally associate a "Rehab Facility" as a place to go to assist in recovery.  Rehab hospitals are post-acute providers that specialize in intensive rehabilitative care for patients recovering from illness, injury, or surgery. Similar to other medical providers, they have a duty to perform those services in accordance with the standard of care and avoid negligently causing injuries to heir patients.

The findings from this study were shocking:

"Physicians attributed much of the preventable harm to substandard treatment, inadequate patient monitoring, and failure to provide needed treatment. Nearly one-quarter of the patients who experienced adverse or temporary harm events were transferred to an acute-care hospital for treatment, with an estimated cost to Medicare of at least $7.7 million in one month, or at least $92 million in one year, assuming a constant rate of hospitalization throughout the year."

Due to the complex nature of medical malpractice cases, it is important that injured patient seek the counsel of a skilled medical malpractice attorney. A skilled lawyer will investigate the conditions that led to a patient's injury, use medical experts to help gather and review the records surrounding the injury, accurately evaluate the monetary damages suffered by the patient, and pursue maximum compensation if the injured patient has a valid claim. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our medical malpractice attorneys use a process with a history of success for handling hospital negligence claims. We hire trusted medical experts who assist us in gathering and reviewing medical records and other evidence. We use the information obtained by our experts to determine the hospitals role in our client's injury. When the evidence suggests our client has a valid claim, we will file a lawsuit to recoup any damages they may have suffered. If the case goes to trial our experts will testify on our client's behalf to help prove the hospital acted negligently. Our process has led to many favorable recoveries, including one for $8.1 million in a medication error case.

Have you or someone you love suffered an injury due to a hospital's negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages caused by the hospital's negligence. For a free case review, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online. We will review your case to see how the medical malpractice attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool may be able to assist you.

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