According to the American Association for justice, preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 Americans each year. According to this article if the center for disease control CDC were to include preventable medical errors as a category it would be the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
The association for justice also states that most victims of these preventable errors do not in fact file lawsuits. And even fewer file frivolous lawsuits for these errors. Studies indicate that the victims of these errors want accountability rather than looking for a large settlement.
As the politicians and the courts debate Health Care in this country, the American public is told that frivolous lawsuits are the reason for rising healthcare costs. However, studies indicate that this is in fact not the case.
We have helped many clients who have had terribly debilitating symptoms from these preventable medical errors. We feel very strongly that our clients should get the benefits they deserve since a study by the American journal of medicine cited that in 2007 over 62% of all bankruptcies have medical causes. Further, the study found a 20% increase in bankruptcies caused by medical debt between 2001 and 2007. These bankruptcies certainly do not fit the stereotype of bankruptcies. In fact, the study found that most medical debtors are well educated middle class Americans and that ¾ of them had Health Insurance.
The bottom line of all this is that sustaining an injury can virtually cause most Americans to become bankrupt. If you are a victim of preventable medical errors, depending on the severity, you to may become financially insolvent. If this be the case, we can help. We have extensive experience of medical malpractice suits and we have seen the devastation two families and finances back in come from preventable medical errors. Contact us if you or a family member has experienced a preventable medical error.