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Medical Errors One of The Leading Causes of Hospital Deaths New Study Finds

Nobody’s perfect and mistakes do happen. But when they happen in a hospital, the results can be irreparable. According to a new report, hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year because of medical mistakes in hospitals. Published in the Journal of Patient Safety, the study found that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients experienced preventable harm that contributed to their deaths. If those numbers are accurate, medical errors would be one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Why such a wide range?

The truth is that no one knows for certain what the right number is, since doctors and nurses are unlikely to report all medical errors. For obvious reasons, they tend to band together when a serious slipup occurs. Not to mention the fact that they often have the support of the board and the hospital administrative staff, whose primary goal is to avoid scandal and preserve the reputation of the institution. This means that the injured patient or his family will almost always face an uphill battle in their quest for justice, or even answers.

Who to call?

A personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice and/or wrongful death cases can help.

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