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Medical Malpractice Demands Compensation

By Boohoff Law P.A.  May. 25, 2011 1:27p

Medical errors are a widespread epidemic, affecting 1 in every 25 hospital patients. In the U.S., medical errors result in up to 200,000 unnecessary deaths in hospital settings and an excess of 1,000,000 injuries each year. According to the Institute of Medicine and Health Grades reports, there were between 400,000 and 1.2 million medical error-induced deaths in the United States between 1996 and 2006. According to findings from the Institute of Medicine, 1999, preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals cost the economy approximately $2 billion annually. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2002, estimates that around 7,000 people are estimated to die each year from medication errors alone.

A medical error is defined as a preventable adverse effect of care. This can include an inaccurate or incomplete diagnoses or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection or other physical ailment. Medical errors are typically described as human error or medical malpractice in both the medical fields and personal injury law. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that in total, reported medical errors cost the economy as much as $29 billion each year. To fully grasp the severity of medical malpractice, take into consideration the fact that medical errors are more deadly than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS. If you or someone you love has suffered from medical errors, contact aBrandon personal injury attorney for help.

Examples of Medical Errors

Medical errors can occur at any point in the doctor/patient relationship. Medical errors can include misdiagnosis of an illness, failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis, medication errors, wrong-site surgery, retained surgical instruments, using race as a diagnosis, not a factor, transplanting an organ of the wrong blood type, incorrect record-keeping and much more.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact a Brandon medical malpractice lawyer from Boohoff Law P.A. without delay. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and, pain and suffering or, if you lost a loved one, you may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact a Brandon medical malpractice attorney from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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