The answer is alarming.
Preventable medical errors include operating on the wrong patient, performing unnecessary surgeries, prescribing the wrong drug, etc. Despite what the many people may think, these types of medical errors occur at an alarming rate.
According to the Institute of Medicine’s study of preventable medical errors, as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion. These numbers show that preventable medical error should be listed as the sixth biggest killer in America. Clicke here to read the full article on the statistics.
Here at Donahoe Kearney, we want to make sure people know that these tragic things happen. A lot of our clients have told us that the first step towards realizing and investigating a medical malpractice case was the hardest simply because it’s difficult to believe that the doctors did not do all they could have for them and their loved ones. But doctors, hospitals and HMOs don’t always follow the rules – and that can lead to serious consequences for patients.
One of the reasons why we work so hard on medical malpractice cases where preventable medical errors occurred because patient safety rules weren’t followed, is to ensure it doesn’t happen again. By holding hospitals, HMOs, healthcare companies and doctors responsible for harming patients and families, we can prevent those medical errors from destroying more families in the future.
If you or a loved one was severely injured due to medical negligence, contact us today at (202) 393-3320. Let’s eliminate preventable medical errors together.