Each year, 251,454 innocent people die in the United States as a result of medical errors. This equates to nearly 700 deaths each day, making up approximately 9.5% of annual deaths nationwide. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are estimated to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and even diabetes.
This unfortunate data boils down to people dying from the care that they receive instead of the disease for which they are seeking medical treatment. Healthcare is becoming substantially more dangerous than it should be. Medical mistakes and errors can range from surgical complications that go undetected to mix-ups with medication doses the patients receive.
Although mistakes and errors can happen in any profession, it has the most impact in the medical field since it can result in serious injuries and even death. By bringing more public awareness to this issue, safety advocates and researchers hope that lawmakers make a bigger effort to allocate more resources to investigating how and why these mistakes occur and how to prevent them from happening.
Legal Protection For Medical Malpractice
Most states have laws that allow individuals who have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence or recklessness to seek compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of income. This is also true in the case of patients.
When a physician or any other healthcare professional provides substandard care that results in injuries or death, the patient should enlist the help of an attorney who specifically handles medical negligence to seek monetary compensation.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., our New York medical malpractice attorneys understand the ramifications of medical negligence on the patient and their family members. We are aggressive in getting our clients the full extent of the monetary compensation they are entitled to for the injuries they have suffered.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligent actions of a healthcare professional and would like to consult with an experienced New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers, please immediately call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.