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Sources of medical error in Ohio, elsewhere: not a short list

How can we harm you?

Let us count the ways.

Actually, a counting exercise to total up all the sources of medical harm visited upon patients in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere by negligent care providers would be a formidable endeavor.

A recent article chronicling the variety and sheer number of medical errors and the resulting harm they inflict on patients duly notes that. It stresses -- and this is something that myriad sources confirm -- that health care mistakes are so common that they are the third leading cause for death among Americans (following only heart disease and cancer).

Why is medical error such a troubling topic?

Obviously, the commonality of medical mistakes and their too-often fatal nature just described above renders the topic a top-tier concern for regulators, industry participants and, of course, patients and their families.

But there is this, too, which makes medical error especially perplexing: Absent negligence, it doesn’t occur.

It’s really that simple. No one reasonably expects care providers to be infallible practitioners, but we all do expect doctors, nurses, lab techs, anesthesiologists and other medical actors to act with due competence.

Indeed, their own industry rightly demands that, and it is far from an insuperable requirement. When medical professionals merely attend to their jobs in a prudent manner, medical error becomes an anomaly rather than a matter of glaring national concern.

The above article cites a representative list of “common types” of medical errors. As noted, it is distressingly long, ranging from medication mistakes and birth injuries to surgical errors and facility-linked infections.

Perhaps it might someday be the case that medical negligence is duly eradicated in the health care realm, which is not an unreasonable hope or expectation.

Sadly, though, and given current realities, that day doesn’t seem to be even remotely close.

If you or a loved one has suffered from negligent medical care, you might be eligible to secure a truly meaningful remedy that addresses accountability and deters similar conduct in the future. Importantly, too, a maximum money recovery can defray medical expenses, recover lost pay, cover rehabilitation/therapy outlays and compensate for emotional distress.

A proven legal team of pro-victims’ medical malpractice attorneys can provide further information and, when necessary, diligent legal representation.

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