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Medical errors the nation’s third-most-common cause of death

| Aug 14, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

When you visit your Louisiana doctor or hospital, you probably do so with the hope that your physician will recognize what is ailing you and tell you what you need to do to make it better. At Gennusa, Piacun & Ruli, we recognize that doctors, like everyone else, make errors from time to time, but we also recognize that the mistakes doctors make can have gravely serious consequences.

Just how common are medical mistakes? According to CNBC, medical errors are alarmingly common in the United States, and so much so that they are now the third-most-common cause of death among Americans. To put this in perspective, only cancer and heart disease kill more Americans annually than medical errors. It is not, however, entirely clear just how many Americans lose their lives each year because of medical mistakes, though current estimates suggest that this number falls somewhere between about 250,000 and 440,000.

Medical mistakes can take on any number of different forms. In some cases, medical mistakes involve surgical or anesthesia errors, both of which can lead to serious medical hardships and potentially even death. Other medical mistakes involve medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, both of which can have a significant impact on a patient’s prognosis.

Other medical mistakes, yet, result from clerical or administrative errors, while some occur because doctors, nurses or other health care professionals administer too much, too little or the wrong type of medication to a patient. Others happen when doctors incorrectly estimate the gestational age of an infant in utero. You can find more about medical malpractice on our webpage.