to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
(JAMA), over 100,000 people die each year due to iatrogenic causes.
This has become the third leading cause of death in the United States,
after deaths from heart disease and cancer.
deaths per year from unnecessary surgery
deaths per year from medication errors in hospitals
deaths per year from other errors in hospitals
deaths per year from infections in hospitals
illness or injury forces you to see a physician or go to the hospital,
you can generally be assured that a medical professional's years
of experience and training will result in excellent treatment. But
in truth, medical care providers are only human, and errors are
always possible. Medical malpractice occurs when a negligent act
or omission by a doctor or other medical professional results in
damage or harm to a patient.
by a medical professional can include an error in diagnosis, treatment
or illness management. If such negligence results in injury to a
patient, a legal case for medical malpractice can arise against:
doctor, if his or her actions deviated from generally accepted
standards of practice;
hospital, for improper care or inadequate trainig, such as problems
with medications or sanitation;
state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities.
believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to
consult with an attorney who will discuss your case with you and
help you determine your best options.
you or a loved one believes there was an injury
as a result of medical negligence,
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