What causes inpatient injuries?
One of the most prevalent issues within inpatient care is a lack of patient safety and trust. Doctor-patient bonds, necessary for treating mental health, aren't made as strong as they could be and patients may feel as if they are being overlooked while in treatment. Mental health means that the injuries resulting from sick patients can be both physical (examples: suicide and self-harming behavior) and mental as well. Types of mental health malpractice common in inpatient facilities include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Failing to take proper precautions to prevent a suicide
- Side effects of drugs, and medication errors
Types of injuries that commonly occur include:
- Injuries from falls
In addition, improperly maintained facilities can easily lead to slip and fall accidents, or provide an environment that does not protect patients from access to implements used for self-harm. Anything from plastic utensils to a lightbulb may be a waiting opportunity for cuts, burns or scrapes. Medication errors, especially when related to diagnostic errors, can mean that patients suffer physical side effects as well, such as vomiting or seizures. With some medications, like the anti-convulsant and mood stabilizer Lamictal, a deadly skin rash may appear with the potential to kill. Risperidone, commonly used for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, can cause fainting spells and leave an improperly supervised patient to suffer a fall that may cause injury.
Get a skilled lawyer on your side
When we entrust ourselves or loved ones to inpatient facilities, we expect that they will be taken care of. Injuries in inpatient care, a betrayal of that trust, are sadly too common. If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of an inpatient injury, or know someone who has, you know how important it is that proper legal representation is had. Contact us today for a case evaluation at no charge to you.