More Treatment Can Lead to More Errors
Generally speaking, whenever a person gets sick, he or she chooses to visit a doctor or hospital with the hopes of getting better. However, quick and easy recoveries aren’t always guaranteed and doctors can (and do) make mistakes from time to time. Such errors might be related to a certain technique that was used by the doctor, or even a reckless decision made by the physician. Whatever the cause, every time an error is made, it is the patient who is likely to suffer the most.
A startling statistic that is based on a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine shows that almost 100,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors. In 2012, it is more difficult to come up with an exact number because states do not follow the same reporting rules, and very few cases gain much media attention. Still, a fair estimate can be made that approximately 200,000 Americans die because of medical errors each year.
Why Have Medical Errors Been So Difficult to Prevent?
Doctors in America tend to perform an astounding number of tests and procedures, and while it’s true that a lot of those procedures and tests are needed, a lot of them are not. Still, the objective of defensive medicine is to avoid errors; however, every additional procedure or test that is done presents a new possibility of error.
Hospitals are supposed to take care of the sick and injured, all while maintaining the highest level of patient care. Hospitals are also expected to teach physicians, particularly after a mistake has been made and discovered. The only thing that can be done is to ensure that a doctor learns from his or her mistake every time one occurs–that way, future errors can hopefully be avoided.
If you or a loved one has been hurt at the hands of a medical professional or entity, you should seek out legal representation who can advise you of your rights. Please contact Dan T. Matrafajlo at 908-248-4404 to receive a free consultation regarding your case today.