When Providence County residents think about the hospitals and healthcare clinics in the region, they likely hold a certain degree of respect for the resources these facilities offer and the service provided by those working in them. However, even the most respected hospitals with the most decorated staffs may not be immune to mistakes. Some may argue that a single error here or there should not be used to damage a healthcare facility’s reputation. At the same time, failing to report such incidents and to attempt to hold the providers responsible for them accountable could be end up perpetuating the problem of a single facility producing an alarming error rate.
A recent series of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Virginia seemingly shows how frequent errors at a single facility can be. A local law firm submitted claims against a VA medical center in the area on behalf of five separate clients. Each is of different ages, ranging from a young man of 34 to an elderly 81-year-old. Each of the plaintiffs is also seeking compensation for different types of errors. One alleges that complications from a reverse vasectomy procedure left him with neurological damages and still unable to conceive. The family of another claims that an undetected broken femur likely contributed to his death.
People may be afraid of speaking up after having been the victims of poor medical care for fear of being ridiculed. However, their decision to do so could end up inspiring others who have also been hesitant to seek action. Gaining the courage and resolve to initiate action against a negligent provider or facility may be much easier if one also has the support of an experienced attorney.
Source: WRIC “Five separate medical malpractice lawsuits filed against McGuire VA Medical Center” Slaybaugh, Parker, Dec. 01, 2016