As the number of patients that require dialysis treatments in the United States continues to grow due to complications from illnesses such as diabetes, the instances of dialysis treatment errors have also grown. Dialysis is a relatively safe procedure. However, errors can occur due to the negligence of the medical staff providing the treatment or faulty equipment. The medical malpractice attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have represented clients with dialysis treatment errors and are available to assist patients that have suffered injuries.
Causes of Dialysis Treatment Errors
Dialysis patients die or end up in the hospital every year due to hemorrhages that occur during treatment. These problems are often caused by line separations or needle dislodgement during care. In just thirty minutes, a patient can die. A loss of blood can quickly become life threatening, which is why patients need to be carefully monitored while receiving treatment.
In just a few minutes after the error has occurred, the patient can suffer severe injuries that can be permanent or even life threatening. Errors may not quickly be discovered after they have occurred due to staffers changing dialysis machine alarm settings to be less sensitive or failing to check the patient’s lines.
In many cases where these problems have occurred, the healthcare facility is later cited by regulators for failing to provide adequate patient care. Government regulations require that healthcare workers keep patients in view on a continual basis while providing treatment. Also, the line connections must not be hidden by the patient’s clothing.
Get Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to an error in dialysis, a qualified medical malpractice attorney can help you to determine if you have a claim. Proving a medical malpractice claim can be very difficult in dialysis treatment cases due to the fact that the true cause of the error may not be readily apparent. Therefore, getting expert legal advice is the first step and the right decision if you want to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you believe that you were injured due to an error with your dialysis treatment, Hannon Legal Group is here to review your case. Click here or call us directly at (866) 835-6872 and we can schedule a time to meet with you directly.