The Roanoke Times has recently reported that a Virginia hospital is being scrutinized by Medicare for their failure to provide a safe environment for their patients. Although no medical malpractice claimhttp://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-medical-malpractice-lawyers-norfolk-hospital-doctor-medical-malpractice-in-va.cfm is pending yet, the article reports that the Virginia hospital placed a mental health patient and left her unattended. While she was waiting for a hospital bed to open for her, she committed suicide.
The article highlights the fact that hospital nurses and doctors are required to take those steps necessary to avoid injury to their patients, whether by active conduct, or the failure to provide a safe environment. These medical mistakes can frequently result in injuries to patients who may then assert a medical malpractice claim against doctors or hospital staff who make medical mistakes and errors.