Heart disease and cancer, even when treated, are the top two causes of death in the United States of America. With so much focus and attention on improving the health care system in New Jersey and across the rest of the country, it might be surprising to learn that medical negligence is the third most common cause of death. Victims who have suffered through and gone on to survive hospital negligence might already understand the seriousness of this problem.
Negligence occurs quite frequently during surgical procedures. While surgical errors are normally considered a single category, negligence comes in a wide variety. Improperly sanitized equipment, permanent nerve damage and wrong-site surgery all fall under the category of surgical negligence.
Patients who undergo bariatric surgery to help lose weight can fall easy victim to hospital negligence. The procedure in and of itself is complicated and requires absolute attention to detail by the attending surgeon and other staff. Common complications from bariatric surgery include organ damage and internal bleeding, which have led to the death of patients who were simply seeking a medically-approved procedure to help advance their weight loss journey.
Although it is the third most common cause of death, a mere 14 percent of hospital negligence is ever reported. As reporting continues to falter, some experts believe that the instance of patient neglect are actually growing, putting more patients in New Jersey at risk for serious injuries or death. It can be truly devastating to seek help from a medical professional only to be put in harm's way. As the trend of medical negligence continues to grow, it is possible that the number of medical malpractice claims will also grow as victims and their families seek justice through the civil court system.
Source: emaxhealth.com, "Weight loss and medical negligence: The cost of errors", Lana Bandoim, Feb. 20, 2016