Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported that every year, there are over 250,000 patient fatalities caused by medical errors. This number places medical error as one of the leading causes of fatalities in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.
Brief Study Overview
John Hopkins researchers examined four studies of medical fatality rates from 2000 to 2008 and used hospital admission rates from 2013 to reach their conclusion. They estimate that 9.5 percent of all fatalities in the United States each year resulting from medical errors. However, according to the CDC, the top three causes of fatality in 2013 were heart disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease. According to the research conducted by Johns Hopkins, the number of fatalities caused by medical errors in 2013 vastly outnumbered the number of deaths caused by a chronic respiratory disease.
A Persistent Problem
According to the research conducted by the Johns Hopkins team, most medical-related fatalities are caused by poorly trained staff, judgment errors, and complete lack of care. Other causes of fatal medical errors include but are not limited to preventable adverse events, incorrect medication, failure to communicate, and outdated computer systems.
What Does This Mean?
If you have lost a loved one due to a medical error, call Cardaro & Peek today. Only the most experienced medical malpractice lawyers can ensure that compensation is rewarded. No amount of money can replace a loved one, but it can help to relieve the stress of funeral expenses and more. A passionate team of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. lawyers can help you seek justice for your loss.
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