Are Medical Mistakes a Leading Cause of Death in America?

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group


Every year, tens of thousands of patients in American hospitals die from medical mistakes. What is frightening is how high the number is, and medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death in the country.

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 210,000 to 440,000 people who go to the hospital for treatment die from a preventable cause. According to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, medical mistakes contributed to the deaths of 180,000 people in 2010.

What Are The Most Common Mistakes?

Of the several medical mistakes that can be made, physicians and surgeons usually make them. Mistakes among physicians include diagnostic errors, medication errors and birth injuries. In fact, a large number of successful medical malpractice suits are filed to compensate patients who were diagnosed too late to treat a serious medical condition.

Mistakes among physicians include operating on the wrong patient, performing the wrong procedure or leaving surgical tools in a patient.

What Can I Do If I Have Been the Victim of a Medical Error?

Proving negligence in medical malpractice can be extremely difficult, and it will take someone who has experience dealing with cases. An attorney can go through the difficult process of sifting through medical records and hiring other professionals to help build your case.

Medical malpractice lawsuits require a lot of evidence to demonstrate that a physician or hospital harmed a victim through medical negligence. Shapiro Law Group has decades of experience fighting for victims who have lost loved ones and faced serious injury through medical malpractice.

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