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How many deaths come from medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can manifest itself in a variety of ways, and some may result in more serious consequences then others. A common instance of medical malpractice includes a doctor or surgeon leaving behind a foreign object from surgery. In the best case, the patient has some mild discomfort, medical professionals discover the error and a second minor surgery is used to remove the object.

In more extreme cases, however, the item left behind could lead to a serious infection. When the foreign object eventually gets removed, the infection may have already caused significant damage to the patient. This could eventually result in sepsis and subsequently septic shock or even death.

What do the numbers say?

Studies claim 250,000 to 440,000 people pass away from medical errors annually. Ultimately, these studies place deaths from medical malpractice only behind heart disease and cancer as the third-leading cause of fatalities in America every year.

Medical professionals need to be held accountable and to high standards and professionalism, as a mistake in their field or negligence while providing treatment can have life-changing consequences on a person’s life.

The aftermath of medical malpractice

Having your life change forever as a victim of medical malpractice yourself, or as a grieving family member or friend after the loss of a loved one, can leave you feeling overwhelmed or helpless. Additionally, it can lead to immense financial burdens and uncertainty.

Compassionate and empathetic legal guidance can help you understand your rights and take the next step toward easing your worries and receiving the compensation you deserve.