It is estimated that 98,000 Americans die each year due to hospital errors. A 2006 follow-up to the 1999 Institute of Medicine Study found that medication errors are the most common mistakes by health care professionals, harming nearly 1.5 million people every year.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Resulting in Injury and Death:

Surgeons, family doctors, radiologists, nurses, anesthesiologists all have important roles in providing medical care to patients. A mistake made by any healthcare provider can have dire consequences for a patient. Examples of medical mishaps which cause injury and wrongful death include:

  • Not providing the required treatment for a condition
  • Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a serious disease
  • Surgical errors such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving instruments in the patient, severing a nerve and other mistakes during surgery
  • Failing to prevent infection, failing to diagnose and treat infection, pneumonia, sepsis or gentamicin poisoning
  • Prescribing the wrong drug or other medication error
  • Birth injury caused by errors during labor and delivery (including ectopic pregnancy or erb’s palsy)
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect

The cost associated with these errors in lost income, disability, and health care costs is as much as $29 billion annually. The Institute of Medicine’s report estimates that more than half of these events occurring each year are due to preventable errors, causing the death of tens of thousands of patients.

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Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
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The Underwood Law Firm handles all aspects of personal injury and workers’  compensation law including auto accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, and premises liability cases in the following areas: Syracuse, Utica, Albany, Watertown, Oswego, Binghamton; Onondaga County and Madison County, including the towns, cities and villages of: Fayetteville, Manlius, DeWitt, Morrisville, Cicero, Liverpool, East Syracuse, Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Camillus, Clay, Fabius, Elbridge, Geddes, Jordan, Lafayette, Lysander, Marcellus, Minoa, North Syracuse, Otisco, Pompey, Salina, Skaneateles, Spafford, Tully, Van Buren, Eaton, Cazenovia, Canastota, Brewerton, Solvay, Central Square, Cato, Chittenango, Oneida and many other areas.

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Updated: 1/7/17

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