Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes several health and safety reports, including a report that lists the top causes of death in the U.S.. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Center submitted a request to CDC: add another cause of death to the list, ‘medical errors.’ Data collected at John Hopkins revealed medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the research more than 250,000 Americans die each year die from medical errors. That means medical errors cause more deaths than strokes, accidents, diabetes, and suicide.
‘Medical error’ is a broad term that encompasses anything from failure to diagnose post surgical complications, to errors in administering medication.
Commonly cited medical errors include:
Differential Diagnosis– when a medical professional mistakes a medical condition for another condition that evokes similar symptoms. If the patient’s condition worsens because he or she does not receive the proper treatment, he/she may be entitled to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim.
Anesthesia Malpractice– patients who do not receive the correct dosage of anesthesia, are treated using defective equipment, or are not intubated correctly could develop a number of serious conditions, including blindness and death.
Medical Negligence- often associated with nursing home patients. Bed sores are one of the most obvious signs of medical negligence.
Medical malpractice is a leading cause of wrongful death cases in the U.S.. If a loved one died due to a preventable medical error you may be entitled to seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of support, loss of expected wages, and so on. Contact us today to speak to one of our compassionate attorneys.