Medical Errors Now 3rd Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths
The health care industry has been withholding a surprisingly high amount of medical error statistics. A recent review of four large studies, regarding medical malpractice and errors, estimates that more than 251,000 Americans die each year from some variation of medical mistake or negligence. This high number of fatalities makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States, falling behind heart disease and cancer.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to physician negligence or medical error, our Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright can fight for you during this difficult time.
What Constitutes a Medical Error?
Medical errors include a plethora of avoidable health care mistakes and negligent behavior. Patients are not always left in serious condition after an error has been made, but the number of injuries could be more than double the fatality rate per year.
Medical errors include:
- Bad doctor
- Inadequate communication
- Birth injuries
- Infection caused by iv or catheter
- Delayed or missed diagnosis
- Falls or immobility injuries
- Prescription error
- Surgical infections
- Surgery on the wrong body part, organ or patient
- Residual medical equipment left in patient
An estimated 700 people die each day due to some form of medical error or malpractice. Although this statistic has been echoed throughout the health care community, very little progress has been made to correct these preventable injuries and deaths.
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