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Some interesting things to note following a DUI in Maryland which has resulted in a car accident and a trip to the hospital where medical malpractice becomes a real concern. Thankfully the great majority of DUIs in Maryland and elsewhere originate from simple traffic infractions like swerving or speeding; some are innocuous as a burnt tail light.  There are a few DUIs however that result from a car accident where people are injured and must seek treatment at the hospital.  This is where things begin to get hairy because if you were not terribly hurt before going to the hospital, you certainly risk life and limb at the hospital as a result of infection decease and negligence medical care which occurs at the hospital.

Research the instances of medical malpractice, MERSA or other deceases that are contracted at the hospital and it is enough to scare you into not going.  Not suggesting of course that proper medical attention should not be sought as a result of injury, just pointing out the problems that can result therefrom for the uninitiated.

According to NPR, there are roughly 440,000 deaths per year from preventable medical malpractice.  This of course is a scary concept when folks go the hospital to heal and recover- not to be made needlessly worse.  Among the medical mistakes that medical providers make annually are simple things that can hurt you as a result of rooms, beds, surfaces not being properly cleaned.  Obviously hospitals are germ factories from all the various germs and sicknesses that reside there.  It is extremely important that medical staff clean all surfaces and areas as thoroughly as possible but unfortunately this does not always happen  A good case of the skin decease MERSA will stay with you for a very long time after leaving a hospital.   Generally speaking, contracting a case of MERSA at the hospital is not actionable medical malpractice as it is perceived to be a complication from being in the hospital.  Thus, touch as few surfaces as possible, make sure medical providers wash their hands before touching you and try to make sure surfaces are clean before sitting or lying down on them.