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Medical Malpractice a Leading Cause of Injury and Death

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Waukegan Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When considering the causes of wrongful death, negligent drivers and hazardous work environments may come to mind, but medical malpractice is one of the most common forms of injury and death. In the United States, medical errors kill approximately 200,000 patients each year. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. 

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice 

During one recent yearlong study, upward of $3 billion was paid out in medical malpractice cases. Many of the most common forms of medical mistakes come from the medical personnel we trust the most:

Surgical Error

Despite significant advancements in medical technology, human error still plays a factor in thousands of medical operations each year. One of the most common forms of negligence in the medical field is surgical error. More than 4,000 preventable surgery mistakes occur in operating rooms throughout the U.S. on an annual basis. Surgical errors include anesthesia mistakes, operating on the wrong body part, and leaving surgical equipment inside a patient. 

Nursing Home Abuse

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, roughly 10 percent of elderly Americans face some form of abuse. Nursing home abuse ranges from overt physical abuse to patient neglect. Regardless of the type, it can cause long-lasting physical and psychological damage. If you believe your elderly loved one faces nursing home abuse, it is important to contact law enforcement and an injury attorney and to remove your family member from the facility. 

Patient Misdiagnosis

Every year, thousands of Americans are impacted by misdiagnosis. If you have a serious medical condition and have been misdiagnosed, the doctor’s negligence could have fatal ramifications. A misdiagnosis could lead to further incorrect treatment and keep you from receiving the critical medical attention you need. 

Contact a Lake County Malpractice Lawyer 

Medical malpractice impacts far too many Americans every year. If you or a loved one have suffered due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, you deserve compensation for the pain and cost endured. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team is dedicated to helping clients recover what they are entitled to. To schedule a free consultation with a Waukegan medical malpractice attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20121220/thousands-mistakes-surgery#1

https://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/05/16/10-things-you-want-to-know-about-medical-malpractice/#243c9cd6416b

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