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Medical Malpractice

Medical errors within the U.S. result in approximately 44,000 to 98,000 preventable deaths per year and approximately 1,000,000 injuries. It's been said that if the Centers for Disease Control were to include medical malpractice as a category in their list of the leading causes of death for Americans, it would be number six. Sadly most malpractice is preventable as it is caused by poor systems of care. The following are the most cited reasons for malpractice:
  1. Hospitals and medical facilities employing inexperienced physicians and nurses and allow them to work without proper supervision;
  2. Poor communication between doctors, medical staff and patients;
  3. Improper documentation, inadequate nurse-to-patient ratios, and similarly named medications are also known to contribute to the problem; and
  4. Sleep deprived doctors who are required to work 24-shifts by their employer/hospital.

The following are some of the most common errors caused by these poor systems:

  1. Misdiagnosis;
  2. Failure to diagnose and delay of diagnosis;
  3. Administering the wrong medication, the wrong doses of medication, or two counteracting medications;
  4. Operating on the wrong surgery site which has led to mistaken amputations; and
  5. Failing to remove all surgical instruments from inside a patient following a surgery.

Interestingly, despite the shocking number of medical errors, few injured patients ever file a medical negligence lawsuit. Thus there are multitudes of victims who are never compensated. Clearly, based on the amount of and continuation of malpractice, the mechanisms for providing medical care are inadequate, at the least.

The civil justice system seems to be the only avenue to hold doctors, hospitals and insurance companies accountable. It is this accountability that drives the development of patient safety systems that help prevent negligence before it occurs. Hospitals, health systems and even entire medical fields have reformed dangerous practices because of the civil justice system.

Cliff Cardone has helped pave the way to reform with numerous successful medical malpractice actions. He has more than 37 years of experience and further has the resources necessary to address an injury victim’s needs. If you or a loved one are the victim of medical malpractice, phone Cliff Cardone for a free in person consultation. He is direct, insightful, proactive and passionate about his client’s cases.

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