When you are being treated for an injury or illness, the last thing you want to question is the quality and safety of your medical treatment. However, harm resulting from medical care remains far too common.
A 2018 study published by John Hopkins found that medical mistakes were the third leading cause of death in the United States. They found that 250,000 people die yearly because of medical mistakes. This makes it the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease.
Based upon medical record reviews, researchers determined that 63 percent of medical errors were preventable and that there was little evidence that the rate of medical harm had decreased since a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine. The full Journal article, “Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care,” is available here.
Representing Victims of Medical Negligence
The attorneys of Young Conaway have handled a variety of medical malpractice cases. A few examples include:
- Failure to Warn: Obtained a settlement award for a woman who was not told about the risks of a certain heart medication.
- Post-Surgical Paralysis: Achieved a jury verdict against a neurosurgeon for a patient who suffered partial paralysis following neck surgery.
- Death in Childbirth: Secured a settlement award for surviving family members of a physician who bled to death following childbirth.
Recovering from a Medical Negligent Injury
If you or a loved one has experienced a medical error, you should consult with an attorney. A matter involving medical negligence needs to be filed in Delaware courts within two years after the date of the injury. For more questions on your injury related to a surgical mistake, please contact us for a FREE consultation at 888-395-7576.