Pure and simple…this is a warning to all hospital patients! Having someone with you in a hospital who is alert and asking questions can help stave off all kinds of potential problems, from mistaken identity to medication mixups to MRSA infections.

An estimated 100,000 hospital patients die every year in the U.S. because of preventable errors. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details the importance of having an advocate present during hospital stays.

“If we could make only one change in health care, it should be to change the notion that families are visitors. Families are allies and partners for safety and quality,” says Beverly Johnson, president of the nonprofit Institute for Family-Centered Care, which is leading a movement to involve families more.

My take: Be smart. Whenever possible have a family member present!

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at