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Maryland Hospital Errors Have Decreased

Legal News GavelAs a society, we put great trust in medical professionals to help us to get better. If you or someone close to you has been injured at a hospital due to a medical professional’s negligence, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our highly skilled hospital negligence attorneys will examine the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.

A recent study by the Leapfrog Group found that hospital errors have decreased from 2016-2017. The study used a wide range of sources, including Medicare; the American Hospital Association and surveys that the hospitals filled out on a voluntary basis to compile its data. After being ranked in the bottom five of the country’s safest hospitals, the state of Maryland has taken proactive steps to improve its safety rating by reducing medical mistakes and preventing injuries and infections. According to the Leapfrog Group’s evaluation, the safety measures did take Maryland out of the bottom five; however, there is still room for improvement.

Leapfrog assigned Maryland hospitals letter grades based on a range of patient safety measures. In the last assessment, only one of the state’s 44 hospitals earned an A, while seven received a B. The majority earned a C, while eight got a D and one even received an F. According to the most recent assessment, ten hospitals in Maryland have improved their grades. However, the majority of hospitals still received a grade of C or below, indicating the work that still needs to be done.

Hospital officials are concerned that the report is confusing to people, considering the Leapfrog rankings are only based on a small number of criteria. In addition, hospital officials worry that Leapfrog’s data does not reflect the most recent improvements that hospitals have made.

Hospitals are meant to be safe places where medical professionals use the utmost care to treat patients. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you have suffered an injury caused by a preventable hospital error, you may be able to recover damages through a malpractice claim. An unfavorable outcome does not necessarily mean that malpractice occurred, but if the injury was caused by the hospital’s negligence, a patient might have a medical malpractice case. To have a viable case, the plaintiff must show that he or she suffered harm due to the hospital’s mistake, misconduct or wrongdoing.

Hospital errors can be committed by a number of different parties, including doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory and other technicians, as well as any other hospital workers who provided medical care. You can rest assured that we will identify any and all potentially negligent parties in your case.

Medical malpractice continues to be a big problem in Maryland and across the United States. Unfortunately, many medical mistakes take place at hospitals every year, adversely affecting thousands of patients. If you or your loved one has been harmed due to a hospital error, you need to reach out to a seasoned Baltimore hospital negligence attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to getting clients the compensation they deserve for their harm. Call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.

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