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Serious Hospital Errors Still Happening In Indiana

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Oct 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Indiana medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer discusses serious hospital errors in our hospitals.

The Indiana Department of Health recently published its 2010 survey outline serious hospital errors.  The survey is voluntary and each hospital's reporting is based on whether the event meets the individual hospital's reporting requirements.  Indiana hospitals and ambulatory/ outpatient surgery centers reported 107 events for 2010.  The most common events were:

  • 34 Stage 3 & 4 pressure ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (decubitis ulcers, bedsores) are preventable.  A stage 3 pressure ulcer has full thickness skin loss involving damage to and death of subcutaneous tissue.  A stage 4 pressure ulcer has extensive destruction and damage to the muscle, bone or supporting structures.
  • 33 Retained Foreign Objects After Surgery
  • 14 Wrong Site/Body Part Surgery
  • 17 Falls that caused serious injury or death

The numbers are up from 94 events in 2009.  A number of Northwest Indiana Hospitals reported events:

  • Physician's Hospital, Munster, Indiana – 1 Wrong Site Surgery
  • Gary Methodist Hospital – 1 Bed Sores
  • Regency Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana located inside St. Catherine – 1 Pressure Ulcer – 1 Fall
  • St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana 1 Pressure Ulcer
  • St. Margaret Mercy, Dyer, Indiana – 1 Wrong Site Surgery – 1 Wrong Surgery
  • St. Mary's Hospital, Hobart, Indiana – 1 Fall
  • Porter Hospital, Valparaiso, Indiana – 2  Retained Foreign Bodies
  • LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte, Indiana – 1 Retained Foreign Body

We believe there are many other patients who are injured and/or killed because of medical negligence that do not make it on these lists.  If you have any questions regarding a potential Northwest Indiana medical malpractice claim, call our Michigan City medical malpractice lawyer at (219) 874-4878  or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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