According to a recent report, medical errors are the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. Prescription errors account for 7,000 deaths each year. Shockingly, of 1,000 people who enter a hospital, between 30 and 40 will suffer a medical error. Out of these patients, four will die of their injuries.
Why Are Medical Errors So Common?
Obviously, these are staggering statistics. How can so many people fall victim to injuries in institutions that are supposed to provide them with medical care in a clean, safe environment? Several factors contribute to this problem, but secrecy within the medical community tops the list of reasons behind these errors.
The medical community protects its own. In many cases, doctors with poor performance records are kept on staff even after they have compromised patient safety multiple times. A report published by a coalition of health care organizations found that nearly 80 percent of doctors found negligent in New York continued practicing after their errors were discovered.
Furthermore, most hospitals lack transparency. They attempt to keep patient safety problems quiet. Hospitals are in the business of making money. If they gain a reputation for poor quality, patients will seek care from other providers. This secrecy can lead to tragic errors.
Have You Been the Victim of a Medical Error?
Many victims of medical negligence don’t realize right away that they have been injured by a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider. Their doctor may deny any wrongdoing and even accuse them of exaggerating or complaining. They initially sought medical treatment for a problem that has now been exacerbated. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Understandably, they worry that no one will believe them.
If you believe you have suffered a medical malpractice injury, there is no time to lose. The statute of limitation for medical errors is short. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. At Appleton & Appleton, LLC, we provide free consultations to prospective clients because we believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard and to receive high-quality legal counsel after an injury.
Hartford Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a medical or prescription error, the personal injury attorneys at Appleton & Appleton can help. Please contact our office immediately at (860) 246-5481 to discuss your situation and any potential recovery. You can also reach us through our online contact form.
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