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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Medical Mistakes Now #3 Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

 A new study reveals that medical mistakes should now be classified as the third leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease and cancer.  Doctors at Johns Hopkins suggest that medical errors may kill more people than lower respiratory diseases like emphysema and bronchitis.  

The recent study estimates more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States are due to medical errors, with the disclaimer that the number may actually be much higher because nursing home deaths are not included in that total.

What are fatal medical mistakes?

Medical mistakes leading to death can include a wide variety of actions, ranging from simple things such as a medication mix-up or a communications breakdown to more complex mistakes made during surgery.   Some doctors and nurses have bad habits that lead to recurring problems with patient care, and some incidents are isolated mistakes. 

Tune into a Fox news special to learn more:

Fox news reporter Bill Hemmer is investigating a compelling example of a fatal medical mistake in a Fox News Reporting special that includes an interview with Melissa Rivers regarding her mother, comedian Joan Rivers, who died in 2014 after complications from a minor throat procedure.  Rivers' family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the outpatient clinic and settled out of court after doctors took responsibility for the fatal medical mistakes.

If you, or a loved one, has been injured by a medical mistake and need help investigating your options, contact us today for a free consultation at 770-389-4864.

 

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