A Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer has brought attention to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that rank medical error as the leading cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S. Indeed, the CDC study is corroborated by a more recent study, conducted by Professor Martin Makary of John Hopkins University School of Medicine, that ranks medical error as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It trails only heart disease and cancer.
Major Causes of Wrongful Death
According to Makary’s study, out of the country’s 700,000 deaths per year, almost a quarter of them are due to medical errors (251,454). Compared to death by accidents (slips, falls, traffic-related, and similar incidents), the number of medical error fatalities should raise alarm among patients and all professionals in the field.
Another study, conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, indicates that drug-related errors are committed in 50% of all surgeries at one of the top hospitals in the country. These errors, according to the study, led to life-threatening consequences among a third of the hospital’s patients. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2kpFbzS