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Over one-fifth of Americans report experiencing medical errors

When we go to the doctor, we expect our doctors to diagnose our illnesses accurately and offer appropriate treatment. According to a recent survey by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 21 percent of American adults reported that they have personally experienced a medical error in their lifetimes. Additionally, 31 percent of adults reported that someone they cared for experienced an error. Doctor's errors can have serious consequences and leave patients and their families devastated physically, financially and emotionally.

Over 2,500 people took the survey nationwide earlier this year. The study showed that, out of the people who experienced errors, only close to 50 percent reported the error to the healthcare facility. The people who experienced the errors found that multiple factors played a role in these errors and that it is the responsibility of health care professionals and facilities to handle these issues.

The study also found that these errors do have effects on the patient's mental and physical health, finances and relationships. These effects can be long-term and last for months, years or even a lifetime.

With so much on the line, it is so important that doctors and hospitals act appropriately when treating patients. However, if a patient does experience a medical error, and suffer harm as a result, they may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against all parties involved in their care. An experienced medical malpractice law firm can assist with your claim and help you recover damages to pay for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as compensate you for your pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

Source: Medical Xpress, "New survey finds 21 percent of Americans report personal experience with medical errors," Oct. 2, 2017

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