Medical Errors: The 3rd Leading Cause of Deaths in America

May 4, 2016

Patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins University have released a study concluding that more than 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributable to medical errors. This places it 3rd on the list of leading causes of death, ahead of respiratory disease. At Warshauer Woodward Atkins, we specialize in helping victims of medical negligence obtain justice and compensation in these types of cases. While some deaths occur through the fault of no one, we see many cases where physicians, nurses or other healthcare providers simply drop the ball, and the result to the victims is catastrophic.

One such example that we see frequently is during shift changes, where nurses leaving work must communicate to those coming on shift critical information regarding their patients’ condition and treatment in the hospital. Sometimes there is poor communication, and the on-coming nurse, and in turn other providers, are without critical information, which impacts the care they can provide to the patient. In such cases, the lawyers at Warshauer Woodward Atkins have helped families receive compensation for the life-altering ramifications of such negligence. For more on the study, go to: