How Many People Die From Medical Malpractice?

How Many People Die From Medical Malpractice?

When seeking medical care, you expect to trust your healthcare provider to know what they’re doing and not make any mistakes. You may be surprised to know, then, that according to a study conducted by researchers from John Hopkins Medicine, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, coming in after only heart disease and cancer. According to the 2016 study, 10 percent of deaths in the U.S. are due to medical malpractice, which means more than 250,000 people die each year because of medical mistakes. That number might be as high as 440,000, as medical errors are rarely noted on death certificates, which is what the centers for Disease Control and Prevention use to determine death statistics in the U.S.

If you’re shocked by these numbers, you should be. While medical workers are only human and prone to making mistakes, many of these fatalities could be prevented. There are a variety of factors that come into play with medical malpractice deaths, including:

  • Inadequately skilled staff
  • Understaffed medical facilities
  • Error in judgement or care
  • Preventable adverse effects
  • A system defect such as computer breakdowns
  • Undiagnosed surgical complications
  • Mix-ups with medication doses
  • Wrong types of medication being administered to patients
  • Over prescription of unnecessary medications
  • Medically Unnecessary surgical procedures

Will You Be A Victim of Medical Malpractice?

With the statistics so high, there’s a chance that one day you’ll find yourself or a loved one the victim of medical malpractice. If this day ever comes, dealing with the financial and emotional fallout can be overwhelming. That is why we here at The Weitz Firm, LLC are here to help you navigate the legal system so that you receive the maximum amount of financial damages you’re owed.

Not all medical errors are fatal. You could find yourself facing a lifelong disability or injuries that limit your ability to function and take proper care of yourself. Preventable medical errors must be addressed and the responsible party must be held accountable for their negligence.

What to Expect After You’ve Experienced Medical Malpractice

A personal injury caused by medical malpractice can be devastating. When you are admitted to the hospital for surgery, you don’t expect to wake up paralyzed or suffering a brain injury. Likewise, your loved ones expect you to come out alive and fully intact. Sometimes things go wrong, and that is where we come in. In order to file a medical malpractice claim, you will have to prove that the doctor or medical facility is liable due to negligence. Collecting proof of this is the last thing you’ll want to do as you recover, which is why we are here to help you.

Eric H. Weitz is a skilled lawyer with experiencing obtaining multi-million dollar settlements for his clients who have been the victim of medical malpractice. If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or anywhere else in the United States, our malpractice lawyers are prepared to represent you. Call our office now to schedule a complimentary consultation today.



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