Unfortunately, a recent study shows that medical malpractice is on the rise. In the past decade, medical malpractice deaths have risen steadily in the U.S. Medical malpractice is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., with over 250,000 people dying every year from medical malpractice.
Surgical errors are one of the biggest types of medical malpractice. The study, which analyzed medical malpractice data from 2009 to 2018, found that surgical error deaths are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Since 2009, about $38.5 billion has been paid out to victims of medical malpractice across the U.S.
There are a number of types of medical errors that could constitute medical malpractice. A failure to diagnose a medical condition, surgical errors, and anesthesia errors are common types of medical malpractice. In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred, a patient must show that a doctor-patient relationship existed, that the doctor owed the patient a duty of care, that the doctor breached that duty of care, and that the breach of care caused injuries to the patient.
If you have been harmed by the negligent actions of a medical professional, you should speak with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you are in Houston, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation or visit us on Facebook to learn more.