Close to 100,000 Americans die each year because of medical malpractice, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s more than those who are killed in all types of motor vehicle accidents — and far more than the number who die from pneumonia, influenza and other major illnesses.
In fact, if the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were to include preventable medical errors as a category, it would be the sixth leading cause of death in America.
Some experts say we are experiencing an “epidemic” of medical malpractice. Examples of medical mistakes include:
Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure a staggering number of Americans every year. Here are some statistics:
In general terms, medical malpractice happens when a health care professional, such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or technician, fails to provide an acceptable level of care. The error can be either an act or an omission. Patients who are harmed as a result may be entitled to financial compensation.
There were an estimated 238,000 deaths due to preventable medical errors from 2004 to 2006, according to national statistics. In every one of these cases, someone died because of a medical mistake that should not have occurred. And yet in only 38,000 of these cases — less than 1 in 6 — was so much as a penny paid to the victim’s family.
Medical malpractice payments make up only a tiny fraction — 0.3 percent — of our nation’s total health care costs, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Most health care dollars go to physicians and other medical providers (31 percent); hospital services (30 percent); nurses (13 percent); and drugs and medical devices (13 percent).
A Western North Carolina medical malpractice lawsuit can help victims recover money for:
Perhaps just as importantly, a medical malpractice lawsuit can get answers to your questions about what went wrong during your medical care. And it can make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable.
If you think you might have been injured by a preventable medical error in Asheville or elsewhere in Western North Carolina, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. Strict time limits apply to medical malpractice claims. Failure to take immediate action could mean you are forever barred from receiving money for your injuries.
Call the Asheville-based The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. We will review your medical records and find out exactly what happened. We will identify all liable parties and their insurance companies. We will call in expert medical witnesses as needed. And we will handle all the paperwork to get your medical malpractice claim going.
Call The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., at toll free at 828-253-1492 or fill out our online contact form today. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you.
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