How widespread is the problem of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a much larger problem than most people realize. In 1999, people were shocked when the report “To Err is Human” found that there were up to 98,000 deaths each year due to medical mistakes in hospitals. We now know the problem is actually much worse. A recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year as a result of medical mistakes. This makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer.

Medical mistakes are difficult to estimate because it is likely that they are severely underreported. There are far too many cases of people who were injured in the hospital or became more ill after treatment. Often patients suspect a medical mistake occurred, but they are not sure. In this situation, it is important to consult with a medical malpractice attorney to learn more about your rights. In many cases, a lawsuit can be filed, and Joyce & Reyes can use the legal process to discover what happened and obtain compensation for the injured patient.

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