Study Shows Hospitals Benefit from Mistakes: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Expresses Concerns

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A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) states that hospitals make money from their own mistakes because insurers pay them for the lengthier stays and additional care patients need to treat any complications arising from the surgery. According to the JAMA article dated April 17, the authors of the study found that hospitals profited even as patients suffered from mistakes and post-surgery complications that could have been prevented.

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The report states that the hospitals profited because the median length of stay for patients who suffered complications quadrupled to 14 days and hospital revenues shot up from $18,900 per patient to $49,400.

Hospitals profit from their own mistakes and negligence because they get paid by insurers for longer patient stays and the extra care that is required to treat surgical complications that may have well been prevented. According to an April 17 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study analyzed nine common surgical procedures and 10 major complications across four payer types. Hospital costs and revenue at discharge were obtained from hospital accounting systems and classified by payer type, according to the JAMA report.

The study is based on a detailed analysis of 34,256 patient records involving those who had surgery in the year 2010 at one of 12 hospitals run by Texas Health Resources. Of those 1,820 patients or 5 percent suffered one or more complications that could have been prevented such as blood clots, pneumonia or infected wounds, the study showed. The report states that the hospitals profited because the median length of stay for patients who suffered complications quadrupled to 14 days and hospital revenues shot up from $18,900 per patient to $49,400.

The findings detailed in this study are very disturbing and are cause for serious concern, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Individuals who receive substandard care from hospitals or doctors have legal rights. Those who have been the victim of medical negligence undergo significant physical, emotional and financial hardships."

Anyone who has been the victim of medical negligence can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses from the hospital, doctor and other at-fault parties, Wilhelm said. "Victims of medical negligence can seek compensation for all of their medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities and the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. Doctors and hospitals have a duty of care to provide a reasonable quality of care to their patients."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm
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New York, NY 10022
(212) 545-7373.

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