Most people place the utmost trust in doctors and medical practitioners, many times leaving not only their short term health, but also the overall quality of life they will have for years to come in the hands of these men and women. Unfortunately, medical malpractice occurs more frequently than most of us would like to think, and preventable medical damages happen at an astonishing rate in Texas and across the country.
It is alarming that there is no clear cut answer as to the amount of people who actually suffer from medical malpractice. Consider the following list of findings on the prevalence, as well as the severity of the problem:
- A study conducted by The Journal of Patient Safety in 2013 found preventable medical errors to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind cancer and heart disease;
- Studies by a NASA toxicologist indicated malpractice occurred in 21 percent of all hospital cases between 2002 and 2008;
- The amount of estimated people who die annually from medical malpractice is estimated to be between 98,000 and 440,000;
- According to Physicians Weekly 35 percent of all malpractice claims were due to failing to diagnose. In addition, of all malpractice cases, 61 percent took two or more years to conclude, and only 43 percent of plaintiffs received monetary compensation.
While the estimates on the occurrence of medical malpractice can certainly have a large range, even the lowest figure is too high. Perhaps what is most disturbing is the low number of victims who recover damages from their illnesses, injuries, or deaths caused by medical professionals.It is absolutely critical to consult a professional, and reputable personal injury attorney experienced with medical malpractice cases in every instance of possible wrongdoing. If you are living in South Central Texas, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm today for all your personal injury law needs.