Patients are admitted to San Diego area hospitals in order to get well.
However, studies show that the physical environment in some facilities
may actually be putting patients at greater risk.
In fact, faulty pipes, wiring, walls, and floors can impact patient safety
just as much as medical errors. As highlighted in
Infection Control Today, examples include contaminated medical gas and vacuum systems, crossed
water lines that cause a temperature flux during a patient’s dialysis,
and improper wiring that results in the failure of a patient’s ventilator
during an electrical outage. Even decorative fountains can become breeding
grounds for infections.
Hazardous hospital conditions can occur for a number of reasons. Some hospitals
may fail to properly inspect improvement projects upon completion, while
others may fail to conduct proper preventive maintenance. The bottom-line
is that many hospitals don't have the policies and procedures in place
to address the safety risks associated with the physical environment of
the healthcare organization.
In cases where the hospital’s negligence caused the unsafe condition
and resulted in injury, patients may be able to recover compensation.
If the harm is unrelated to the patient’s condition and the course
of their treatment, rather than pursuing a medical malpractice suit, patients
may instead have an ordinary negligence suit related to the unsafe condition
of the premises.
If you believe that you may have suffered harm due to a hospital’s
negligence, it is important to speak with an attorney who specializes
in this area as soon as possible.
At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, our legal team has the experience required
to pursue a medical malpractice and/or negligence claim.
We encourage you to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free