When a person is in need of medical care, they are often functioning under an enormous burden of stress. Becoming ill or sustaining an injury is stressful in and of itself, but there are also risks associated with receiving necessary medical care. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins and published by the British Medical Journal suggests that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people lose their lives every year as a result of medical error.
The statistics are alarming; with medical researchers estimating that upwards of 250,000 people in the United States die each year due to medical errors. One of the most common, and deadly, types of medical errors involves the misdiagnosis of a medical condition or illness. In fact, medical researchers estimate that annually roughly 12 million U.S. adults are misdiagnosed. What's more, with approximately 50 percent of misdiagnoses having the "potential to result in severe harm," these misdiagnosis errors aren't always benign or easy to correct.
The birth of a child is something that many families look forward to with joy. Families anticipate the arrival by decorating nurseries, attending showers and preparing for how their family will be with the new arrival. Most births go as expected but sometimes issues can arise that cause serious medical errors for mothers.
Almost all Pittsburgh residents will visit the doctor or undergo a medical procedure this year. Doctors are important in making sure we stay healthy or get us back on track in regaining our health. Most of the time our experiences with the medical community are positive. But when a medical mistake is made by a provider how does one determine who is legally responsible in a medical malpractice case?
Many Pittsburgh residents enjoy taking a cruise vacation. Cruises are a great way to relax and see multiple ports without having to arrange transportation, meals and hotel stays. But what happens when something goes wrong while on a cruise? Many people have suffered medical emergencies while on a cruise and a recent ruling by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals allows cruise lines to be accountable for medical malpractice.