Holding the Healthcare System Accountable

Medical Errors Are Now The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.[1] The peer-reviewed research, published in The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal), one of the world’s most prominent medical publications, reveals that medical errors claim approximately 251,000 lives each year in the U.S. alone. Medical errors now kill more Americans than accidents, respiratory disease and strokes. These numbers do not include the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious or life-altering injuries caused by medical errors.

Medical malpractice includes not only errors made by physicians, nurses and pharmacists, but also systems failures that can occur within a hospital, a surgery center or a health maintenance organization (HMO). As the health care system has become more and more profit oriented, patient safety has suffered.

While not every medical error is malpractice, the Johns Hopkins study and many other studies show that many people are unnecessarily killed or injured by the very professionals to whom they are entrusting their lives. The physician who led the research for Johns Hopkins University told the Washington Post, “[i]t boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care.”[2]

What is Medical Malpractice?

Not every medical mistake is malpractice. Moreover, many patients die or suffer permanent and disabling diseases and injuries through no fault of the medical care providers. Medical malpractice, also called “medical negligence,” occurs when the physicians, nurse or hospitals break the rules or basic principles of their profession and cause injury to the patient. The rules can be contained in written protocols or procedures, medical texts or journals, or the rules can be the basic principles that medical professionals learn as part of their education and training. When a doctor, a nurse or a hospital violates those rules or principles, and a patient is injured or dies as a result, the doctor, nurse or hospital should be held accountable for the harm caused.

Our Experience With Medical Malpractice Litigation

Our law firm has the deep experience and the resources necessary to challenge the insurance companies and healthcare corporations that defend medical malpractice cases. Our trial attorneys have successfully litigated numerous medical malpractice cases, and have tried many to jury verdict.

If you or a member of your family has been injured or a loved one has died as a result of medical malpractice, then you or your family should be fairly compensated for the injury or loss. However, medical malpractice cases are highly complicated and very expensive. State laws are generally written to favor the healthcare providers over the patients. Many physicians are reluctant to testify against other physicians. Lawsuits against physicians, nurses and hospitals are vigorously defended by very experienced attorneys with substantial resources.

If you or your family has been injured or a loved one has died because of the negligence of a physician, nurse, hospital or other healthcare provider, call us for a free consultation.

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