According to the The Journal of Patient Safety, at least 210,000 deaths each year are associated with medical malpractice just in hospitals. Other experts estimate this number to be as high as 400,000 deaths each year. This makes medical malpractice one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. with cancer (591,699 deaths each year), chronic lower respiratory diseases (147,101 deaths each year), and accidents (136,053 deaths each year).
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many variations with the most common being:
- Negligence in a Hospital
When the staff at a hospital fails to treat patients in a timely manner, it is considered malpractice especially in the case of serious conditions like a stroke, heart attack, internal bleeding, etc. Hospital negligence can also include but is not limited to: improper diagnosis, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, improper treatments, and failure to provide treatment.
- Prescription Medication Error
The most common form is the failure of a hospital to deliver the proper dosage and medication in the appropriate time frame. Prescriptions errors can also occur when there is failure to recognize bad interactions between drugs, failure to obtain patient’s medical history, or premature discontinuation of medication.
- Surgical Malpractice
Errors that occur during surgery as the result of negligence or improper preparation can leave patients paying a high price in the form of serious injuries or even death.
- Anesthesia Errors
A common surgical error, it occurs when anesthesiologists improperly administer drugs, fail to monitor the patient properly, and fail to follow up after the surgery.
Beaumont Medical Malpractice
For the state of Texas, medical malpractice stats include:
- There are over 37,000 medical practitioners in Texas.
- No medical malpractice claim may be filed after two years from the date of the completion of treatment.
- The two year statute of limitation does not generally apply to minors until they turn 18.
- National medical malpractice claims involved 60% females, an average age of 38, about 20% newborns, and 12% over the age of 65.
- Texas has caps on medical malpractice claims that are limited to $500,000 for injuries and $750,000 for wrongful death.
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If you or someone you know has been a victim of Beaumont medical malpractice, contact our lawyers as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation.