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Hospitals are places of healing. Hospitals are also places of hectic emergency rooms where split-second decisions need to be made. They are places of operating rooms where even the slightest error or miscommunication could lead to disaster. They are full of hallways and recovery rooms that can be cluttered with equipment and machines. And they are places where the presence of so many ill people sharing the same spaces and same devices make them a breeding ground for bacteria and infections.
As is the case in every other state, doctors practicing in Florida need to be licensed by the state and are subject to discipline for certain prohibited acts or omissions. Many of the things that can get a physician in trouble with the state licensing board can also be the basis of a medical malpractice claim if it involves deviations from the appropriate standard of care. Other times, doctors can engage in financial or insurance fraud, misuse of prescriptions, or other activities which are not directly related to the quality of care they provide their patients.
Hospitals are full of people needing treatment for a variety of ailments. They share the same facilities, rooms, and equipment, breathe the same air, and receive care from the same medical professionals. This can make hospitals and other healthcare facilities breeding ground for a whole host of infections which in turn can cause additional health problems, surgical and post-surgical complications, and further treatment.
When we think of car accidents caused by negligence, we usually think of another driver whose careless or reckless conduct led to the crash. Sometimes, however, a car wreck and the injuries that follow aren’t the fault of those we share the road with. Sometimes, the cause of an accident is the road itself.