Healthcare affects everyone at one point or another in their lives. When we seek medical care, we realize there are certain risks associated with every procedure and/or form of treatment. We place our trust in doctors and other healthcare providers that they will treat us competently with the standard of care we deserve and have come to expect.
Unfortunately, medical errors are becoming a serious problem, threatening the lives of patients in record numbers. Medical errors have become the number three cause of death in the United States and these statistics continue to increase every year. To put it in perspective, medical errors are responsible for more deaths than car accidents, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, and pneumonia.
According to recent numbers, the most common medical errors include:
- Adverse effects of medications (106,000 deaths per year)
- Hospital-acquired infections (80,000 deaths per year)
- Unnecessary surgeries (12,000 deaths per year)
- Medication errors (7,000 deaths per year)
- Other various errors in hospitals (20,000 deaths per year)
These alarming statistics are not meant to condemn physicians and other healthcare personnel. The majority of those who provide us with medical care are incredible at what they do.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that the healthcare system in the United States is deficient, and these deficiencies prevent doctors from providing the standard of care required to keep people safe. Large patient loads, HMO’s, and an overall focus on profit over proficiency are putting patients in danger everyday.
If you or someone you love was injured as the result of a preventable medical error in an Ohio hospital, you need to call me immediately at 1 (877) 944-4373.
Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.