Hospital Negligence often not reported

By Sherri L. Warfel

According to a report released on January 5, 2012 by the Department of Health and Human Services, only 14 percent of harmful events affecting Medicare patients are being reported by hospitals.  Just two of the 18 most serious incidents – ones leading to permanent disability or death – were reported.

Based on the department’s estimates, the remaining 86 percent of patient-harm events are not reported by hospital staff.  With statistics like these it is more important than ever to keep a close watch on your loved ones when facing a medical or nursing home situation.   Should you suspect negligence, or have any questions about what constitutes harm, please contact me for a no-cost consultation.

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