Medical practitioners have a duty of care to their patients, however when they do not adhere to the standard of care expected of them medical errors are far more likely to occur. Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States and claims 251,000 lives annually. Medical negligence comes in many forms (e.g. misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgery, and medication errors).
Medical negligence is, for the most part, a systemic issue. Healthcare systems are incredibly complex, and mistakes are inevitable despite everyone’s best efforts. However, there is still a raft of things that can be done to combat the high rates of medical negligence. But for this to work, change will be required across the entire medical institution not just in random pockets here and there.
If you are interested in finding out more about the causes of medical negligence and what can be done to remedy them, we recommend that you take a look at the below infographic guide from the team at Hussey Fraser Injury Solicitors.
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