Medical errors cause more deaths than breast cancer, AIDS, plane crashes, or drug overdoses.
Do you need a medical malpractice attorney? Vox, a news publishing website, recently ran a piece on medical errors causing more wrongful deaths than breast cancer, AIDS, plane crashes, or drug overdoses. There are estimates that wrongful death as a result of medical malpractice is the 3rd to 9th leading cause of death in the United States. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of medical errors, you should have a medical malpractice attorney review your case.
New England Journal of Medicine studies have shown that injury resulting from medical errors may be as high as 12%. (Another study from the same publication shows that medical malpractice “reform” does not result in cost savings by way of reduced testing or procedures.) These numbers translate into nearly 100,000 Americans dying every year from medical malpractice. Another study suggests that over 400,000 die every year due to medical malpractice.
Example Cases To Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney: Surgical Malpractice & Bed Sores.
Another study in the Journal Surgery showed that hospitals operated on the wrong body part nearly 2500 times in the last 20 years. (These types of cases are called “foreign body” cases.) In that same time period, hospitals left surgical equipment in their patients nearly 5000 times. In a handful of cases, hospitals operated on the wrong patient all together. A medical malpractice attorney can help you sort of your medical records to determine if a medical error has caused you injury.
Yet another example of medical negligence is the failure to prevent bed sores in hospital patients. A 2006 government study found that patients had been injured due to bed sores 503,300 times that year. Bed sores (also called pressure ulcers and pressure sores) occur a patient stays in the same position too long. They can cause serious infections, which are life threatening. Pressure sores can also be very painful. Often times, patients find themselves in the hospital with a medical situation that limits their ability to move. In those situations, it is the hospitals responsibility to monitor the patient and move the patient on a regular basis so the bed sore does not occur. These are situations where you may need a medical malpractice lawyer to review your case. A medical malpractice attorney can have medical professionals examine your case and determine whether there is medical negligence that caused your injury.