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Medical Malpractice Statistics

Posted by John Harris on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 @ 11:02 AM

According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), over 225,000 people die each year due to iatrogenic (malpractice) causes. This has become the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice is the failure of medical professionals to provide adequate treatment to patients resulting in a personal injury or substantial loss of income.

Why Is A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Needed For Medical Mistakes?
Medical Malpractice is a doctor’s failure to exercise the degree of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. When medical "standards" are not followed, it is also known as med mal. A lawyer that knows about medical problems & medical laws is needed to help a claim reach the courts in the fastest, accurate, and most complete way possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will work with the hospital system & medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are. While you or someone you know gets better or recovers from your medical mistake or injury, the medical malpractice attorney will fight for your legal rights.

Have I Waived My Rights Because I Signed A Consent Form?

This is a question asked by many. A consent form does not give the health care provider a license to commit malpractice. While the execution of a typical consent form indicates acknowledgement of stated risks and complications associated with a given treatment or procedure, it does not relieve the health care provider from his or her duty of meeting the standard of care associated with such treatment or procedure.

What Is The First Step A Medical Malpractice Attorney Would Do In Pursuing A Medical Malpractice Claim?

The first step in pursuing a medical malpractice case is suspecting that one may have been the victim of medical malpractice. While not every bad result is due to medical malpractice, one who develops a "gut feeling" that something was wrong should consult a qualified attorney to review the matter, who often will consult with medical professionals. This process often involves obtaining and reviewing medical records and other pertinent information. If it is determined that one has a good case, the next step is usually to give written notice of the claim to the individuals or entities that are believed to have committed the medical malpractice.

If you or your loved ones have been victimized by Doctor's negligence, contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Contact me for help.