What kinds of medical incidents most often lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Medical malpractice is much more common than most people realize. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, there are an estimated 250,000 deaths in the United States caused by medical mistakes each year. This makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.

It is important to understand that medical malpractice is not the cause of every unfavorable health care outcome. Malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to provide the required standard of care, and this failure results in harm to the patient.

One of the most common types of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, which may occur when a doctor fails to read your symptoms properly. Misdiagnosis may be more of a problem than is usually recognized, because it is often unreported. Another common cause of medical malpractice is medication mistakes, such as prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong dose. Surgery errors are another type of medical malpractice that can lead to lawsuits.

If you suffered an injury that you believe was caused by medical malpractice, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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