What are Common Causes of Medical Malpractice?

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine estimated that one million Americans are injured annually from medical malpractice, with 98,000 of these injuries ending in wrongful death. The most recent study from the Journal of Patient Safety places the wrongful death numbers much higher, estimating that 200,000-400,000 Americans die annually because of hospital error.

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional acts negligently or fails to provide a level of care commensurate with the standards established by the medical profession, and you are injured as a result. Some of the most common causes of medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Unreasonable delay in treatment
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Foreign objects left in a patient following surgery
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Failure to order the proper tests
  • Failure to read test results correctly

Our attorneys understand the burdens that these kinds of negligent actions cause. If you’ve suffered an injury while in the care of a doctor, nurse, or hospital, trust The Hornbuckle Firm to fight for you. Our attorneys understand the complex medical principles involved in these cases, and we can help you hold the negligent healthcare professional accountable for your injuries.

Please contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, and we accept cases from all states across the country.

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