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Medical Errors More Likely Than Ebola

Steve Wagner

Scared of the Ebola crisis? What are your chances of contracting this disease? If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you know that Ebola has made an appearance in the U.S., but your chances of contracting this disease are so slim, they are almost not even worth mentioning.

The truth is, you are far more likely to be injured or killed by a medical error than you are from contracting a rare, but life-threatening disease like Ebola. Recent studies have shown that hospital errors potentially account for as many as 400,000 deaths per year. Some other studies have shown as few as 44,000 deaths per year related to medical errors, but even with these significantly lower numbers, the death rate for medical errors is still higher than that of car accidents.

Many doctors, like the ones who originally misdiagnosed a case of Ebola in Dallas, TX, are blaming technology for the vast amounts of medical errors. New data entry systems are making it more difficult for doctors to see pertinent information about patients, like how the Dallas patient had recently been to West Africa, and the doctors were unaware of that fact.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a medical error or failure to diagnose, the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering the damages you are owed for the injury you have suffered. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.


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