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Medical mistakes one of the leading causes of death

When an Indiana resident goes to the doctor, they expect the doctor will help them, not hurt them. Most of the time this is the case, but, occasionally, a medical mistake occurs. In this situation, a family may be able to hold a doctor liable for medical malpractice.

Medical mistakes are things that are covered frequently on the news. These events are serious and cause a person to suffer immeasurable harm. But, no one actually thinks a medical mistake will happen to them. Johns Hopkins researchers have announced that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. The medical mistakes include surgical errors, diagnostic errors, preventable adverse effects, and provider's errors in judgment, among others. In 2013, medical mistakes resulted in over 250,000 Americans dying. Patients should be vigilant in choosing a medical provider and not agree to a procedure if they are uncomfortable with the doctor. Seeking a second opinion can also be a good idea.

If a person believes they have been unexpectedly injured by their medical provider, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review medical records, consult with medical experts and find out what happened to cause the error. Patients have the right to know what happened, and if the injury was the result of a mistake, they have the right to hold their medical provider accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

When a person becomes the victim of a medical mistake, they can have serious injuries that require months of care. In these situations, it is important to hold medical providers accountable for their mistakes so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source:, "Medical mistakes kill more Americans than strokes, Alzheimer's," Jennifer Graham, July 26, 2017

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