Cancer, heart attacks, strokes and even car accidents are common killers throughout New Jersey. While one would prefer to die of old age, the possibility of dying as the result of some illness or accident is a very real possibility. In an effort to prevent the worst from happening and death or a disabling illness from occurring, many individuals seek medical attention when problems become evident.
While death from cancer or heart problems is common, research indicates that medical errors are now third in causing death in the United States. Death as the result of an illness is understandable yet tragic. However, no one expects to lose a loved one as the result of a preventable error.
Medical errors can take many forms. At times, the wrong medicine or dosage is given; sometimes, prescribed medication is not even administered. It is also possible that a patient's illness will be incorrectly diagnosed; thus, an ineffective medical plan will be followed. Perhaps the most widely thought of medical error is associated with surgeries – stories abound regarding surgery being performed on the wrong body part.
The majority of New Jersey doctors, nurses and hospitals take every precaution to make sure that patients are taken care of and that medical errors do not occur. However, when one does occur, the results can be devastating to both the patient and his or her family. When family members or individuals suffer the death or worsening illness of loved ones, they will want to determine which legal options are available to them.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Medical Errors Are The Third Leading Cause Of Death -- How You Can Avoid Them", Cary A, Oresant, M.D., July 21, 2016