Preventable Medical Errors On the Rise

Preventable Medical Errors On the Rise

In 1999, a landmark report revealed that 98,000 patients die per year form preventable medical errors. Despite these staggering statistics, the numbers of fatalities from medical mistakes has continued, and now has more than doubled.

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, 210,000 fatalities from preventable medical errors occur each year in the United States each year, making it the third lead cause of death after cancer and heart disease. Even more frightening – the US Ranks last in health and mortality compared to other developed countries.

Examples of preventable medical errors include wrong site surgeries and medication errors. Medication errors are often due to a lack of communication or oversight on behalf of your doctor or other medical staff. Deaths may occur where your doctor does not pay close attention to your medical history or fails to ask you about your allergies, then they may prescribe you a medication that could actually cause you much more harm than good. Medication errors can also be connected to diagnostic errors. If your doctor incorrectly diagnoses you, then the medication they prescribe to treat that illness will be incorrect.

When other examples of medical malpractice are included, such as emergency room errors, infections, delays in diagnoses and anesthesia errors, this number skyrockets to 440,000 deaths per year.

As San Diego medical malpractice attorneys dedicated to patient safety, we are committed to helping families affected by medical errors and medical negligence. In addition to providing legal assistance to families in need, we believe that hospitals, doctors and other medical staff must be held accountable when their actions lead to a lifetime of suffering. By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, doctors and hospital may be held liable and required to pay damages for harm caused. Further, it is hoped that such lawsuits will draw attention to safety lapses and lead to measures aimed at improving the patient experience and lessening the staggering numbers of fatalities caused by medical mistakes.

If you have been injured as the result of a preventable medical error or negligent medical care, please contact the San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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