Are New Haven hospitals profiting from medical errors?

Monday April 22, 2013

Visiting the hospital is sometimes an absolute necessity for many New Haven individuals. Many patients owe their lives to surgeons and doctors who have helped them overcome their illness or disease. There are two things doctors will rarely admit to their patients unless absolutely necessary, how much their visit will cost and if they made any errors or mistakes. With numerous medical malpractice cases going unnoticed, one must ask themselves, “Are hospitals profiting from surgical errors?”

The answer may alarm many. A recent study revealed that hospitals make more money on patients who suffer major surgical complications. Between the extra care and longer stay from errors, many patients are finding a gratuitously large medical bill waiting for them at the end of their stay. According to the study, effective methods for reducing complications from surgery exist but hospitals have been slow to apply them. With the average cost of a night in the hospital exceeding $1,000, an extra night or two can be financially devastating.

For example, say a patient goes in to the hospital to have their tonsils removed. The procedure should only take a few days but after a “complication” or error in the surgery, the patient is stuck in the hospital a few more days resulting in a higher medical bill. In the 12 hospitals that were studied, every patient with complications post surgery added an extra profit of $8,084 to the hospital. For patients who pay out of pocket, that money could have been spent on a vacation or something else.

Each year many New Haven residents are exposed to medical malpractice and medical errors. Any individual that believes they may have been a victim of medical error may file a lawsuit and request compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.

Source: Outpatient Surgery, “Do Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors?” Stephanie Wasek, April 17, 2013

Get in Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today.

News & insights
Wrongful Death Lawsuits: How to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Articles

Wrongful Death Lawsuits: How to Get the Compensation You Deserve

5

October
2022

News

Kennedy Johnson Schwab & Roberge Ranked in 2023 “Best Law Firms”

9

September
2022

News

5 KJSR Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® List

22

August
2022

You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident: Here’s What to do Next
Articles

You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident: Here’s What to do Next

16

August
2022

The Negative Impact of Tailgating
Articles

The Negative Impact of Tailgating

9

August
2022

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits
Articles

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits

12

July
2022

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents
Articles

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents

12

July
2022

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It
News

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It

11

June
2022

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice
Articles

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice

11

June
2022

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Articles

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

10

June
2022