Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Baltimore: Medical Malpractice StatisticsMay 27, 2013
Thousands of patients are injured and killed each year due to errors, actions and omissions of health care providers. Patients have the right to receive care in a fashion that helps them, not harms them. Often injured patients are afraid to speak out when the results of their procedures are not what they expected. Sometimes patients are given the runaround, or are made to feel that any discomfort is in their minds and not a physical reality.
Medical errors cause a staggering number of injuries:
- The American Association for Justice says that preventable medical errors is ranked the sixth leading cause of death in the United States
- A study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences reports that 1.5 million people are victims of medication errors each year.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 25 percent of hospital admissions, the care the patient received harmed the patient.
- The Congressional Budget Office reported there were nearly 200,000 serious injuries caused by medical negligence annually.
Unfortunately, many patients receive improper medical treatment, ranging from wrong diagnosis to medication errors in dosing or provision of incorrect medicines. Unnecessary surgery or chemotherapy, foreign objects left inside after surgery and removal of the incorrect limb also occur. Foregoing hand washing can lead to serious illness or death.
While not all injuries are caused by malpractice, if you are not doing well after a procedure, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion, and do not hesitate to speak to your doctor. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to what you believe to be inadequate or improper medical care, speak to the skilled medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. about the options that may be available to you.