The Medical Error Crisis
More and more research is showing that medical errors are becoming more common in health care facilities throughout the United States.
Reports show that as many as 98,000 patients die from medical errors annually.
These errors reportedly involve everything from medication overdoses to postsurgical infections.
Reports claim that more deaths are caused each year by medical errors than car accidents, cancer and AIDS.
Although medical errors don’t have to be fatal to have negative effects on patients, studies are finding that a startling portion of cases are, in fact, of a more severe nature.
These mistakes are causing injuries, disabilities, lengthy recoveries and in the worst cases, death.
According to reports, the costs of a preventable medical error, lost income and lost productivity is estimated to be between $17 billion and $29 billion per year.
Healthcare Costs Increase as a Result
Researchers claim that as a result of these increasing medical errors, healthcare costs are also increasing three times faster than the rate of inflation.
The quality of the care being given at facilities is also reported as varying across the board.
Have you or someone you know been injured as a result of a medical error? If so, please contact us today to speak with an experienced medmal attorney who will enable you and your loved ones to receive compensation for any wrongdoing.
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