How Common Is Medical Negligence?
According to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Only cancer and heart disease take the lives of more Americans than medical malpractice.
Medical mistakes account for more than 250,000 deaths every year. Countless more patients suffer injuries, illnesses, and complications, many of them preventable. Medical negligence can create long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial harm.
Types of Medical Negligence
The most common types of medical negligence are:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Hospital infections, injuries, and neglect
To be considered medical negligence, a doctor (or other licensed healthcare professional) must fail to use their knowledge and experience to uphold the standard accepted level of care.