NYC med mal attorney Report-Claims Involving Contaminated Hospital Equipment
11/05/2013 // jcreiterlaw (Press Release) // New York medical malpractice attorney – The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)
News reports about the possible exposure of several hospital patients to a rare and fatal brain condition last month helped to shed light on an issue that impacts numerous patients in hospitals throughout the country more frequently than many would expect. The New York medical malpractice attorneys of The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter say there is a standing expectation that hospitals and medical facilities will take reasonable precautions to prevent patients from contracting contagious diseases. Those facilities that fail to do so may be liable for medical expenses or other damages injured patients may incur as a result of this type of negligence.
Some patients may enter a hospital with a highly treatable condition, but when exposed to contaminated equipment can develop a potentially fatal condition during their stay. Whether there is a failure to
• properly clean and disinfect medical instruments or equipment,
• change bedding prior to new patients entering rooms,
• safely remove or store used contaminated devices out of patient reach,
• or other type of failure on the part of medical staff to ensure that patients are treated in a non-hazardous environment, the risks posed to patients in these circumstances can be detrimental.
It is important that those who have been exposed to contaminated hospital equipment or contracted an infectious disease during their stay, immediately seek proper medical treatment if they begin to experience symptoms of an illness. Not doing so may hinder one’s ability to hold hospitals or medical care facilities responsible for their negligence if they choose to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
The NYC med mal attorney Jonathan C. Reiter can assist those who have questions about their legal options if they have experienced any type of injury that may constitute medical malpractice. Individuals may contact the firm today for a free case evaluation to address a specific complaint.
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