How common is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is much more common than most people realize. Studies have shown that medical mistakes are actually the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer.

We would like to think that when we are admitted to the hospital, we can trust that our health and safety are well protected by professional medical personnel. After all, great strides have been made in medical science. Unfortunately, poor safety systems and simple human error are widespread in most health care settings.

A study by patient-safety researchers published recently in the journal BMJ found that medical errors cause the deaths of 251,000 people each year, more than stroke, accidents, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

People being treated for injury or illness are already vulnerable, but the fact is that many people die from the care they receive rather than the condition that caused them to seek care.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one as the result of a medical mistake may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. This type of lawsuit is complex, and it is important to consult with attorneys with extensive experience in this type of case.

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