Medical Errors Remain a Leading Cause of Death in the US

Medical Errors Remain a Leading Cause of Death in the US

A sobering statistic during the global Covid 19 pandemic is that fatalities related to the Coronavirus have become the leading cause of death in the last several months in the United States, followed by heart disease, cancer and medical accidents. It's too early to know its toll over the course of a year, and hopes remain high that deaths slow and a vaccine and treatment are developed as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, as we struggle to cure and reduce the impact of medical conditions and viruses, the incidence of fatalities based on human medical error remains high. In fact, a landmark study by Johns Hopkins found more than 250,000 people die each year due to preventable medical negligence. Further, even those who don’t succumb to fatalities from errors may suffer serious, catastrophic injuries that cause lifelong complications and diminish one’s quality of life.

If you believe you or a loved one may have suffered harm due to a medical error it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at once to begin an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding your matter.

While many patients are reluctant to bring a claim against a personal doctor or nurse with whom you have a long standing relationship, unfortunately, if you have suffered a catastrophic medical injury, you may have a lifetime of medical bills, need for therapy, and pain. Bringing a medical malpractice claim may be the only way injured victims, and their families, can recover crucial funds needed to help pay potentially insurmountable bills related to past and future medical expenses and loss of wages. Further, defendants in medical malpractice suits may be several and include individual health care providers such as primary care physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, hospitalists and the hospital itself. Often it is a hospital that is found to be responsible rather than a particular doctor or nurse, where conditions and protocols lead to harmful negligence.

For more information or if you, or a loved one has suffered an injury due to medical negligence, please contact the dedicated California medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.


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