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Patients put at risk when sick hospital workers go to work

A new study revealed that though hospital workers believe that patients are put at risk when they go to work while sick, many of them admitted to doing this last year, a Reuters report stated on July 6.

Researcher Julia Szymczak and her colleagues surveyed 536 workers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The researchers found that even though 95 percent of the responders were aware of risking patients when they go to work sick, 83 percent of them did this at least once in 2014. According to Dr. Jeffrey Starke from Houston, patients with immune disorders in particular are at great risk when doctors do this. Dr. Starke, who wrote a commentary on the research, suggested that hospitals should implement a policy to prevent sick workers from coming in.

If you or your loved one’s health was compromised by the actions of a negligent doctor or hospital in the Nashville area, the legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP, may work for you. Call us today at 615-277-2765 to find out how we may possibly help you recover your financial losses.     

Patient sues hospital after falling off operating table

An elderly Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital after she says she was seriously injured when she fell off of an operating table following a pacemaker implant, the Huffington Post reports.

The 81 year-old suffered a fractured hip and collar bone, a serious head injury that caused her her brain to bleed, among other injuries. She and her attorney claim the hospital’s to blame because it did not have policies or procedures in place to prevent her fall.

The woman also blames the hospital staff for failing to realize she had not recovered from medication given to her after surgery, which increased her risk of falling. She is seeking $15,000 in damages.

If you have been injured by careless or negligent hospital staff, contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP today at 615-277-2765.

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