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Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

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Believe it or not, the third leading cause of death in the United States results from medical mistakes. These mistakes can occur from surgical complications, prescription mix-ups, incorrect medication dosage, and more. When these mistakes go unnoticed by doctors and other medical staff, they can turn life-threatening. A study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researches urges the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to add medical errors to the list reporting causes of death. 

The Johns Hopkins study shows that an estimated 250,000 American lives are taken each year due to medical malpractice. This astronomically high count is third only to heart disease and cancer. Though this number causes medical malpractice to rank as the third leading cause of death, the CDC's mortality statistics only address the "underlying cause of death," leading the public to believe that medical mistakes that lead to death are few and far between. Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch for the CDC says, "This is a public health issue, and they need to report it for the sake of public health." 

This raises questions such as: How can doctors report medical errors if the CDC doesn't provide an outlet? Are the doctors trying to cover up their mistakes, or is the CDC trying to keep the public uninformed? Will this study cause the CDC to include medical errors in their mortality statistics reports?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as the result of medical errors or negligence, you will want an experienced medical malpractice lawyer fighting to protect your rights. At the Boughter Law Office, our attorneys handle accident and injury cases exclusively throughout the state of Indiana. We will aggressively represent you to get you the compensation and justice you deserve. Call now for your free consultation.

Source: NPR: Medical Errors are No. 3 Cause of U.S. Deaths

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