There is sometimes the perception that medical malpractice is exceedingly rare. Most of the time, people assume that their doctors give excellent treatment. In the rare cases in which a doctor fails, compensation may be needed for injuries to a patient.
But is medical malpractice really all that rare? Or is malpractice happening far more often than you think?
Malpractice: The third leading cause of death
If some studies are to be believed, it is in fact very common. For instance, some reports paint medical malpractice as the third leading cause of death in the United States, taking more than a quarter of a million lives per year. Cancer takes more, as does heart disease. But then comes medical malpractice.
This places it ahead of things that get a lot more press. For instance, you often see stories about car accidents, perhaps due to drunk driving or distracted driving. You may read about workplace accidents. All of these issues are serious and take tens of thousands of lives, but none of them come close to medical malpractice. Car accidents, for instance, take under 40,000 lives per year. Medical malpractice takes more than six times as many, according to these reports.
What options do you have?
Have you been injured by a negligent doctor, or have you lost a loved one? It’s devastating to find yourself in this position, and the last thing you want to do is think about the financial challenges that come along with it. You need to know how you can seek compensation for your costs at a time like this.