Medical Errors Named as the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States
We visit the hospital or our general physician to find relief from our ailments. We trust these professionals with our lives as well as the lives of our families and loved ones. We expect them to keep us safe from harm. However, we know they are not perfect and, for the most part, we do not expect miracles. Still, we want the best they can give us at all times. Unfortunately, medical errors and negligence are on the rise, resulting in medical errors ranking as the third leading cause of death.The Statistics
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors consistently kill over 250,000 people each year. That figure represents a quarter of a million people who went to the doctor for help, yet came out worse than if they never left home that day. According to the CDC, this figure only ranks below heart disease and cancer, which together accounts for 50 percent of all deaths. However, the numbers indicate that medical errors kill more Americans than respiratory illnesses, such as emphysema and bronchitis.Why are Medical Errors Prevalent?
One-in-five patients experiences a misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition. Other errors occur during the misinterpretation of a lab result, inappropriate pharmaceutical dosing, or surgical negligence. The severity of these errors ranges from minor to extreme. The impact each injury has on the life of the patient also varies. The Journal of Patient Safety separates these medical errors, known as preventable adverse events (PAE), into the following categories:
- Errors in commission;
- Errors in omission;
- Communication failures;
- Errors in context; and
- Diagnostic errors.
You should not bear the financial burden of a medical professional’s mistake or negligence. The problem with representing yourself in a medical malpractice claim is that it involves a background in both medicine and law, both of which require extensive education to master. Creating an arguable case requires more than stating anyone made a mistake. A claim requires the thorough collection of medical evidence, preparation, and legal work, often in opposition to a team of legal professionals whose sole purpose is to diminish your injuries and invalidate your story.
A Santa Clara, CA medical malpractice attorney will use his or her extensive experience to investigate your case, identify all responsible parties, and recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. now at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your no obligation consultation.Sources