Back in 2016, researchers at the esteemed medical center Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore conducted a study with shocking results. They discovered that each year in America, 250,000 people lose their lives due to medical errors.
To put that into perspective, using the rankings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical errors would come in third place of the top causes of death. It’s topped only by heart disease and cancer.
What is your doctor really doing? Medical literature and court documents are rife with appalling stories of items left inside of patients during surgery, like scissors, sponges and scalpels. Wrong limbs and healthy body parts get amputated and excised while the diseased limbs and organs remain.
It’s a real life horror story for some patients whose only fault was trusting their doctors and surgeons to do their jobs. In some cases, the physicians are impaired. Other times, the reasons are less clear.
But what is clear in these egregious cases is that the standard of care was never met, and the patients died or suffered grievous injuries as a result.
If you had the misfortune of suffering a similar fate, you should understand that you have options to fight back. While no amount of money can ever truly make you whole again, a significant settlement or court judgment can leave you better able to cope with the consequences of the medical professionals’ errors.
Learning more about these options can help you make an informed decision on how to go forward after suffering from an incident of catastrophic medical malpractice.