Hospital Drug Abuse in Wisconsin Leaves Patients at Risk
According to an investigation completed by a Milwaukee television station, state disciple records indicate that there are 104 nurses who have been disciplined in the past two years for stealing narcotics or being high or drunk at work. One individual died as the result of an infection after a nurse removed morphine from a vial and replaced it with water without wearing gloves.
The Wisconsin Hospitals Association has said that in spite of medicine dispensing audits, the stressful situations nurses face in their day-to-day tasks lead them to self-medicate. In many cases, this eventually turns into theft of prescription drugs, even directly from patient rooms. There are challenges associated with remedying patient risk and hospital staff malpractice. A lot of this has to do with recent changes to the medical malpractice process.
The non-economic damage limit has been set at $750,000, while counselor often required to outlay large sums upfront for medical records without being compensated unless their suit is successful. Limits exist as to who is eligible to file a claim.
Only a spouse and children can do so, meaning that a parent cannot file on behalf of an adult child nor can an adult child file on behalf of the parent.
Unfortunately, those individuals who discover that they have been a victim of medical malpractice and personal injury, might realize this only too late. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, medication errors, and mistakes made in treatment.
If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of one of these problems, you may need to consult with a knowledgeable Wisconsin personal injury lawyer to determine your options and possible next steps. A patient should never have to pay the price for a doctor’s negligence but unfortunately this is all too real a concern for individuals across Wisconsin. Make sure you consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you have been inured to maximize your chances of being successful.