According to a recent study published in the BMJ, medical mistakes are
the reason behind more than 250,000 preventable fatalities every year
in the United States – roughly 10 percent of all adult deaths. Incredibly,
more people are killed by medical mistakes than by accidents, strokes,
or respiratory disease. Medical errors trail only heart disease and cancer
as our nation’s top killers.
Dr. Harlan Wald, a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney at Kelley/Uustal, believes
that the minimal laws requiring doctors and hospitals to report medical
mishaps must be enhanced in order to better protect the rights of
medical malpractice victims. Unfortunately, Florida law makes it very difficult to achieve
justice for those who have suffered as a result of doctor errors, and
many families are left with no recourse after the death of a loved one.
Currently, the CDC only reports the underlying medical condition as the
cause for a fatality and does not take into account any diagnostic errors,
communication breakdowns, instances of poor judgment, or other mistakes
that may have led to a patient death. In other words, the death of a cancer
patient who failed to receive appropriate care would be considered a cancer
death under the CDC’s mortality statistics, even though the condition
itself was ultimately not responsible for the fatality. Experts agree
that this is a major public health concern that requires decisive action.
Dr. Wald concludes that reporting of fatal medical errors to victims and
families must be made mandatory, and Florida medical malpractice law should
be revised so that a larger percentage of malpractice victims and their
families can achieve justice.
View Dr. Wald’s commentary on this matter online via
If you have suffered the untimely death of a loved one due to a medical
error, contact Kelley/Uustal to schedule an appointment with an experienced
medical malpractice lawyer. We have a firm understanding of Florida’s
unique medical malpractice laws and are prepared to fight for the compensation
you deserve. With our contingency fee guarantee, you owe us nothing unless
we win your case.
To consult with an attorney about your medical malpractice case, please contact our office
at (954) 522-6601.