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The shocking truth about medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

Our firm has seen first-hand the devastating effect of medical malpractice. When doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, pharmacists and other medical professionals make mistakes, patients’ lives are literally on the line. We’ve helped victims and grieving loved ones pick up the pieces after birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, anesthesiology errors and pediatric malpractice cause upheaval. Our efforts have helped recover compensation, bring about systemic change in medical facilities and give families closure.

Clearly, on an individual basis, medical errors are life-changing. Birth injuries, for example, like Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries or shoulder dystocia can result in life-long disability, hardship and medical treatment.

On a societal level, the true impact of preventable medical negligence is shocking in its scale and scope.

The statistics

Research by the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence at Johns Hopkins reveals that 12 million people are misdiagnosed each year. Those misdiagnoses alone result in an estimated four million injuries and upwards of 80,000 deaths. Other forms of medical malpractice and error kill another 170,000 people annually. The fatalities come from a wide range of negligent acts and omissions, including:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis/failure to diagnose (particularly of cancer, stroke, heart attack or brain aneurysms)
  • Improper treatment
  • Delayed treatment
  • Surgical errors
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Medication errors (administrating the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage, preventable fatal drug interactions, etc.)

Surprisingly, medical errors are considered one of the leading causes of death in America, killing more people than the aggregate total of diabetes, suicide, car accidents, influenza and pneumonia.

If your family has become the victim of a medical provider’s negligence, you have legal rights. Contact our firm to learn more about taking action to seek justice and prevent such things from happening to someone else.