Medical Mistakes Are Third Most Common Cause of Death

Medical Mistakes Are Third Most Common Cause of Death

A recent story revealed that a 22-year-old woman died just weeks after being diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Doctors had originally diagnosed the women as pregnant and admitted her to the maternity ward. She complained of pain in her side, and diagnostic tests revealed hormones similar to pregnancy. However, the pain did not go away and when she returned to the hospital, doctors found a 12 centimeter growth. By the time the tumor was discovered, her cancer was terminal. She died shortly thereafter.

While the facts of this incident sound extreme, the sad truth is "never events" such as this happen with an alarming frequency. The term "never events" refers to particularly shocking medical events that should never happen – but in fact do. Examples include surgical errors such as leaving foreign objects in a patient's body, giving a patient the wrong blood type, or performing surgery on the wrong body part.

According to statistics "never event" happen more than we would think. It is estimated that foreign objects left in a patient's body after surgery occurs nearly every 5500 procedures.

Further, the failure to diagnose a condition, or a misdiagnosis of a condition is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice.

In fact, medical mistakes overall are the third most common cause of death for Americans. Each year, roughly 400,000 people die in the United States as a result medical errors.

If you believe that you or a loved one suffered harm as the result of medical negligence. Please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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