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Medical Errors Committed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has strained the emotional, financial, and physical resources of millions of individuals. Unfortunately for many, this strain resulted in inadequate medical care, especially for those treated in hospitals over the last few months. For instance, in one open letter that was recently published in the New York Times, one physician admitted to seeing a number of errors made during the treatment of COVID-19 patients. For help determining whether an avoidable and serious medical error was made during the treatment of your own loved one, please contact one of our Florida coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure lawyers today.

Medication Errors

Medication errors are some of the most commonly filed medical malpractice claims in the U.S. Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood that this trend continued during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where many patients required not only ventilators, but also IV pumps to administer sedatives, fluids, antibiotics, paralytics, blood thinners, and medications to treat low blood pressure. Stories of mix-ups in the administration of these medications have slowly begun to come to light. These mistakes could have a number of different causes, but most are being attributed to an overstretched healthcare system, the use of unfamiliar systems and equipment, and inexperienced providers.

Diagnosis and Treatment Delays

The focus on the treatment of COVID-19 patients over the last few months has also meant that many other types of tests were not available or not administered, leading to delays in both the diagnosis and treatment of other illnesses. Whether this took the form of an unfilled prescription or a postponed surgery, the results had devastating effects for some. A lack of training amongst many providers, as well as the lowering of scientific standards for peer reviewed data may also have contributed to avoidable errors in the treatment and diagnosis of patients suffering from non-coronavirus-related illnesses. When these mistakes resulted in irreparable or serious damage, the injured parties could be entitled to compensation for their medical bills.

Potential Liability

The U.S. hasn’t seen a pandemic like COVID-19 for nearly 100 years, so the rising to the challenge of front-line health across the nation was particularly inspiring. Nevertheless, some of the mistakes made by these individuals could have been avoided if the correct methods and procedures had been applied. Those injured by these types of errors should be entitled to compensation for any additional medical expenses and lost wages incurred as a result. However, filing these types of claims can be difficult, especially in the current climate, when the healthcare system, as well as many of our loved ones, are still recovering, so if you believe that a loved one was not treated properly while in a hospital’s care, you should speak with an attorney who can investigate your case and evaluate whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

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If you would like to talk about the treatment you or a loved one received during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Boone & Davis today. Our consultations are free, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling 954-566-9919 to set one up.

Resource:

nytimes.com/2020/05/22/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-medical-errors-hospitals.html

https://www.booneanddavislaw.com/protecting-nursing-home-residents-during-the-covid-19-emergency/

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