We have talked extensively about medical mistakes being the third leading killer in the United States, but there is still controversy about how bad the problem really is. On average, 250,000 lose their lives due to medical mistakes each year, but we do not have solid numbers about how many people live through these mistakes and have to suffer from the consequences.
More importantly, may say that the problem is much larger than is being reported. When a person dies, the CDC coding system for death certificates has no way of documenting that a patient died from things “like communication breakdowns, diagnostic errors and poor judgment that cost lives.”
Even if a doctor does list medical errors on a death certificate, the CDC only counts the underlying cause of death in their totals. If the underlying cause of death is something like cancer, but the patient dies much earlier than expected due to a medical mistake, the cause of death will still be listed as cancer.
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What is the real cost of healthcare mistakes? We focus so much on the number of deaths and not enough on how many people survive mistakes and are left dealing with the consequences. A medical mistake often results in the need for more medical treatment and can even permanently disable a person.
Think about how many healthcare professionals you may come into contact with throughout a year:
We know that nobody likes seeking medical treatment, but when we do so we trust healthcare providers to do what they can to make us better. We do not expect them to cause us harm. These are trained providers who should not make the following mistakes:
Healthcare is expensive in the United States. Even if a person has insurance coverage, a medical mistake can cause them to have expenses they did not expect to have. There are other costs associated with unexpected medical care. This can include lost income if a person cannot work as well as pain and suffering costs.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a mistake on the part of a healthcare provider, please seek legal assistance as soon as you can. At the Weitz Firm, we take these cases seriously and will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your mistake-related expenses. This can include: