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Medical errors are still the third-leading cause of death

Surgical errors still affect many people in the United States every year. In fact, around a quarter of a million people are killed every year because of these errors. Medical errors, including these surgical errors, are completely preventable in most cases.

If you've been injured by medical errors or malpractice, it's wise to consider your legal options. These errors aren't recorded well by any agency in particular, so it's important that you hold the people who made a mistake accountable for their actions.

For instance, take this example of a 22-year-old man with a benign cyst on his brain. The cyst was not worsening, but a surgeon in Colorado convinced him that surgery was necessary. The surgery ultimately led to his untimely death.

Medical errors like overdoses, preventable complications, misdiagnoses, operating on the wrong patient or part of the body and other issues are more common than you may think. That doesn't mean the problem should be ignored or that data shouldn't be collected for research. With around 700 people dying from these mistakes every day, it's important for patients to start to speak up and for doctors to begin to listen to patient concerns.

What can you do to prevent yourself from being injured in the future? Experts suggest going only to the best hospitals, reading all about your condition and knowing some of the possible treatment plans. Take medications only after you know what they are and the effects they may have, and always have someone else with you to make sure you both hear what's being said.

Source: WUSA 9, "No Good Statistics On 3rd Leading Killer In US," May 04, 2016

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