Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Medical Malpractice/Drug-Related Injuries

With preventable hospital errors increasingly apparent and prescription drug-related injuries on the rise, it is vital that patients know their rights.

According to a 2008 study conducted by HealthGrades, there were more than 238,000 potentially preventable fatalities resultant of medical blunders between 2004 and 2006. Note: those figures merely represent Medicare patients.

To look at the issue on a smaller scale, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported there were 2,446 preventable medical errors between July 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009. Fourteen percent of those mishaps were cases of “retained foreign objects,” in which objects such as surgical sponges, drill bits, or screws were left inside a patient after an operation.  

Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that between the years 1998 and 2008, there was a staggering 400 percent increase in prescription drug treatment admissions.

“These finding should serve as exclamation points to punctuate what we already know… Abuse of prescription drugs is our country’s fastest-growing drug problem, the source of which lurks far too often in our home medicine cabinets,” added R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP).

While there are obvious risks and complications associated with surgical procedures, negligence on the part of a doctor or hospital should never be deemed a contributing factor in the injury or death of a patient. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a doctor or hospital’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.

For assistance finding a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney that has experience litigating personal injury or wrongful death claims, please feel free to call (866) 598-1315.

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