Claiming as many as 251,000 lives each year, medical errors in hospitals and health-care facilities occur more frequently than you may think. In fact, medical errors are considered to be the third-leading cause of death in the United States of America.
Every year, approximately 3 million people go to the hospital for surgical procedures. In regards to emergency surgery procedures alone, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a report claiming 80% of admissions, deaths, complications and inpatient costs are the result of only 7 common emergency surgeries. The researchers of this particular study looked at 421,476 patient records belonging to individuals who underwent an emergency procedure within 2 days of being admitted to a hospital between 2008 and 2011.
Many times, hospitals and health-care facilities avoid talking about medical malpractice. The topic is rarely discussed openly. And medical professionals aren’t held to high standardization when it comes to the proper care for their patients. But they should be.
How Often Does Medical Malpractice Occur
Doctors are highly educated individuals. They are expected to have a thorough understanding of the human body and the illnesses many of us suffer. So it is completely natural for the average person to think that his or her doctor could never make a mistake. But doctors are humans and humans make mistakes.
There are many reasons why a doctor might make a mistake. But when a medical professional wrongly diagnoses or incorrectly treats a patient, concerns should always be raised. Never forget that when it comes to healthcare, you are ultimately your own advocate. Doctors are not always right!
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine declared preventable deaths due to medical errors as an epidemic in America. IoM estimated deaths due to medical malpractice to be as high as 98,000 each year. With the 251,000 estimated deaths due to medical errors today that means there are approximately 700 preventable deaths every single day.
Fun Fact: You May Want to Skip the Hospital in July
Have you ever heard that you shouldn’t go to the hospital for surgery in the month of July? July is a month when many new interns and residents take on more responsibility in hospitals throughout the nation, which means they are more susceptible to committing errors. The smallest mistake could result in further injury or death.
Are You the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you are a sufferer of medical errors and think you might have a case for medical malpractice, reach out to Eric J. Hertz and his team today. Hertz is a Double Board Certified Trial Attorney who has tried over 100 jury trials as Lead Attorney since 1999. As personal injury lawyers, we will help you establish the medical standard in which your doctor should have fulfilled and prove how he or she did not meet such a requirement.