Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Date: September 18, 2017
Posted In: DLP Law

When hospitals fail in its duty to protect their patients, the results can be disastrous. According to recent research by the John Hopkins School of Medicine, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer. Many people do not realize that they may be eligible for compensation for hospital injuries, medical conditions or death resulting from medical malpractice.

Medical errors can take many forms including:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Treatment mistakes
  • Medical procedure / surgery errors
  • Medication errors
  • Incorrect lab test results

Majority of Medical Errors Considered Preventable

It is generally believe that about 70% of these errors are preventable. Carelessness, negligence, poor training, incompetence, and poor communication contribute to medical errors. The highest percentage occurs in the hospital, followed by the doctor office. Others occur in operating rooms, clinics, emergency rooms, pharmacies, medical labs and nursing homes.

If you have been seriously injured by any kind of doctor, hospital, nursing home, or medication error you should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. Your attorney can look over the circumstances of your case and give you the advice and help you need.

Medical errors can cost your family many thousands of dollars in costs not to mention pain and suffering. Sometimes the injuries suffered can negatively affect the injured and their families for the rest of their lives.

Victim of Medical Malpractice? Our Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death or injury because of a medical mistake, you may be owed damages for your losses. The skilled and experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP can help. Dedicated to advocacy and justice, we will protect your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Injury? Call DLP (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P

Paul Oven
Paul started as a Law Clerk with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. while attending the University of Scranton in 1990. After completing law school in 1995, he started as an Associate in the Scranton/Moosic office immediately and became a Partner in 2000.