Public health officials seem to be cracking down on hospitals a lot harder these days, and rightly so. In fact, eleven California hospitals were recently fined $25,000 each for alleged regulation violations that caused serious injuries or even death in patients.
The California Department of Public Health assessed the penalties to the eleven hospitals for various failures to care for patients. Such indiscretions included leaving sponges and other surgical tools inside of patients after a surgery was completed. Other penalties included failures in communication between hospital departments or inadequate training for nurses.
The hospitals are located in Alameda, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. They must respond to the citations within 10 days, and also submit a plan of correction to the state on how they will avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.