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The prevalence of medical errors in Ohio

According to studies acknowledged by the Journal of Patient Safety, 200,000 to 400,000 people die each year because of preventable medical errors in U.S hospitals. These issues may stem from poor communication, medication errors and infections acquired while a patient is in the hospital. They may also be caused by omissions in treatment as well as diagnostic errors.

Studies also suggest that there is also a serious problem with the number of patients who die after they are discharged from a hospital.It was also alleged that patients reported three times as many preventable injuries than were reported in their patient records. In some cases, physicians will not report serious adverse events, and it is believed that cardiologists are most likely to engage in that behavior.

When considering the cost of deaths related to preventable errors, it is important to think about the emotional cost as well as the financial cost. Overall, the financial impact of preventable medical errors is anywhere from $15 billion to $19 billion per year. These figures include inpatient and outpatient care in addition to the need for ancillary services that may need to be provided. Prescription costs are also included in this estimated price tag caused by mistakes made by medical professionals.

If a patient is killed because of hospital negligence, the family of the patient may take legal action for medical malpractice. It may be possible to win compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. Punitive damages may also be awarded to hold a doctor or hospital liable for their negligence in general. An attorney may be able to review the case to determine whether to seek a settlement or a jury decision after a formal trial.

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