Hidden danger: the threat of medical errors

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Anyone can become a victim of medical error. Often viewed as an anomaly, medical errors are more common than most people realize. Often, they go unreported. Find out more about medical errors, their prevalence and what you can do if you think you were a victim of a medical mistake.

What are medical errors?

Medical errors encompass a wide variety of medical mistakes including, but not limited to prescription drug errors, lab errors, communication errors, medical records errors and physician errors such as misdiagnosis.

A recent medical study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University ranked medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. The study estimates that more than 250,000 die each year as a result of medical error.

Who is responsible for medical mistakes?

A number of factors contribute to medical errors. Physicians alone are not solely responsible for medical errors. Often there are problems within hospitals and other medical facilities, such as limited staffing, deficient or missing safety protocols, pharmacy errors and breakdowns in communication, especially when transitioning parents from one facility to another.

How to find out whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim

Wondering whether you have a medical malpractice claim? An attorney can advise you whether you have a viable claim. Take action early. In most cases, you only have two years to file a medical malpractice claim in Missouri. Talking to an attorney as soon as you suspect an error will help you eliminate doubts and increase the chance of success if medical negligence is to blame for your loss.

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Authored by: Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, November 11, 2016.