Medical malpractice is by nature shocking to many people. You might find it challenging to accept that the people with whom we trust our health and safety the most—medical professionals—can end up causing you harm. Unfortunately, this is the reality. As the most experienced, daring, and successful malpractice lawyers in Baltimore, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some surprising facts and statistics about medical malpractice.
Third-Leading Cause of Death
One of the most shocking facts about medical malpractice is that it is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. A 2016 study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that malpractice trailed just behind heart disease and cancer in terms of how many lives it took between 2000 and 2008.
Very Few Claims and Lawsuits
The statistic we shared above should give you a sense of just how commonplace medical malpractice is. But, despite how frequently it occurs, you might be surprised to learn that only a small percentage of malpractice victims initiate lawsuits. They make up only about 5% of personal injury lawsuits in the United States.
For victims of medical malpractice, we believe that failing to get in touch with a lawyer is a big mistake. Medical professionals receive ample training before they can begin practicing, and we do not stand for their negligence.
Most Common Category: Failure to Diagnose
Medical malpractice can take countless different forms. This can include avoidable birth injuries, prescription errors, or surgical mistakes. But one category of malpractice is easily the most common: failure to diagnose.
Failure to diagnose on its own is not necessarily grounds for a lawsuit. As malpractice lawyers, we need to be able to prove that your doctor failed to provide a standard of care, and that their failure to diagnose led to the worsening of your condition.
225,000 Deaths Every Year
We’ve already explained just how common malpractice is. Still, we’d like to close by sharing the following statistic: an estimated 225,000 deaths occur in the United States every year from medical malpractice. That’s nearly a quarter of a million. Far more people sustain injuries that leave them with lasting physical and psychological pain.
If medical malpractice has affected your life, you are far from alone. Here at the Snyder Law Group, we stand ready to help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, for more information and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.