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Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death

Steve Wagner

A recent article from ProPublica has highlighted the drastic increases in estimates of preventable death and injury among United States hospitals over the last decade and a half. The first estimates were released in 1999, and the American public was shocked to learn approximately 98,000 people are killed in our hospitals every year as a result of malpractice, neglect, inaccurate drug prescriptions and combinations, hospital induced infections, birth injuries and more. Since then, estimates of how many deaths occur each year as a result of these actions (or inactions) have skyrocketed and some are as high as 440,000 patients per year.

The article highlights the need for continued research into the causes of these deaths, as medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States (coming in right behind heart disease and cancer). Is it possible that the places we go for care when we are sick are killing nearly as many people each year as the two deadliest diseases in our country? According to ProPublica:

Patient safety experts say measuring the problem is nonetheless important because estimates bring awareness and research dollars to a major public health problem that persists despite decades of improvement efforts.

If you have been personally affected by a medical error, medical neglect, or some other type of medical malpractice, you know first-hand how devastating the effects can be. Our best advice to you is to take a step and contact legal assistance. Our medical malpractice lawyers can assist you in fighting back against the medical corporation that injured you or caused the wrongful death of your loved one. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation with our experts and analyze the details of your case.


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