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Many people die each year because of medical error

On Behalf of | May 31, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

One unfortunate fact of life in Hawaii is that the human body is not perfect. People are injured and become ill from time to time. In many situations these injuries and illnesses will heal on their own and not require professional medical treatment. Sometimes illnesses can be much more serious though and medical treatment is required to ensure that people recover from their health issues. However, as people are aware, no one lives forever either and sometimes the illnesses and injuries will ultimately lead to death.

In many situations people die and there is nothing that doctors or other medical professionals can do to stop that from happening. Doctors do make mistakes every once in a while and other mistakes can happen during the treatment process. A study found that in fact 250,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to medical error. This makes medical error as the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Medical error does not necessarily mean that there is a medical malpractice claim in each case.

While there are many errors that would not lead to medical malpractice claims, there are many errors that fall below the medical standards. When this occurs, the victim can be left in a worse situation than they would have been if the mistake did not happen. This can lead to further medical treatment and more medical bills and, in some cases, death. The victims and their families could be entitled to compensation from the doctors or their malpractice insurance.

Luckily for people in Hawaii, most of the time when people go to the doctor to treat various illnesses and injuries, they leave in a better position than they were when they arrived. However, there are many mistakes that can be made in the medical treatment process and when they do they can create devastating problems for the victim. They may be entitled to compensation, but the victims may have to go through a complicated medical malpractice lawsuit. Experienced attorneys understand these cases and may be able to guide one through it.