Many people are nervous when they go in for surgery or another major procedure. They know that medical mistakes occur. Often, these fall into the realm of medical malpractice because doctors are negligent when they make these errors.
Reports show that people do have a good reason to be nervous. Some reports have claimed, based on a study by the prestigious John Hopkins Medicine, that malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This ranks it behind heart disease and cancer, which are first and second, respectively.
Many different types of mistakes
Part of the issue is that there can be a wide variety of medical mistakes. To use surgery as an example, a doctor could fatally injure a patient by rupturing a major blood vessel. Or the team that is working with the anesthesia could fail to monitor the patient’s vital signs so that they pass away while they’re under the anesthetic.
But there are other medical mistakes that can also be fatal in a more passive manner. For instance, maybe a doctor examines someone and determines that the person does not have cancer. However, it’s because the doctor is in a rush, and they miss obvious signs that the person is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. This delays the diagnosis so that, by the time the accurate diagnosis is made, there is no viable treatment that can save the person’s life. The cause of death is cancer, but only because of that medical error.
Because there is such a wide variety of potential issues, it’s very important for those who have lost a loved one to know exactly what happened and what options they have if they believe that the doctor’s negligence led to that passing.